Charges filed for noose found on UVA statue
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- An Albemarle County man has been charged for placing a noose on a statue at the University of Virginia.
The incident occurred on Sept. 7 and was reported during the early morning hours of Sept. 8.
According to a release, Shane Dennis has been arrested on a charge of displaying a noose on the property of another or a highway or other public place with the intent to intimidate.
He has also been served with a Do Not Trespass Order, which prohibits him from being on Grounds unless the order is revoked at some point in the future.
“After this incident on the Lawn was first reported, University Police opened an investigation immediately, working with our local partners and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), to identify a suspect and bring charges,” said Tim Longo, the UVA’s Assistant Vice President for Safety and Security and Chief of Police. “We are grateful to so many people who assisted with this investigation, including members of the community who contacted police and offered helpful information in this case.”
The release says officials also believe Dennis placed other items near the statue of Homer this past weekend, including a mask, a cross and a flag.
Officials say he has no prior known relationship with UVA.
At this time, Dennis is being held without bond at the Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail pending a hearing.