Police investigating racist messages left on a Texas A&M student’s car in June say all available evidence points to it being a hoax.
School officials offered a $1,200 reward on June 25 for any evidence that identified the person who wrote “All lives matter, “You don’t belong here,” and “n—r” messages before leaving them on senior Isaih Martin’s windshield.
A College Station cop who watched surveillance footage from a nearby pool camera say that what they witnessed implicated Mr. Martin himself as the culprit.
“Martin immediately walks to the passenger side of his vehicle, but does not open any doors,” a local CBS affiliate reported Thursday while citing the department’s report. “Martin is seen toward the front of his vehicle. A brief white speck is seen from about mid-torso of Martin moving toward his vehicle. Another white speck is seen near his chest area. Martin is then seen stepping back and onto the sidewalk in front of his vehicle, most likely taking photos and videos. He then approaches his vehicle again on the passenger side and remains there for a few moments. He is then seen walking around the front of his vehicle. Martin then enters the driver’s door and drives away a few moments later. The total time spent at his vehicle is 1 minute, 15 seconds.”
Footage also showed two individuals near Mr. Martin’s car for a few seconds, the station reported.
“[Martin] was the only person with enough time to place the notes on his car,” police added.
For his part, the 21-year-old student told Twitter followers on Thursday that he has “stopped working with the cops” and has consulted an attorney.
“I’m in a predicament where the topic of the case was let’s find out who did this to them pointing the finger at me,” the student wrote. “In the end, I stopped talking to them because it seemed they were more interested in me getting the blame for this hate crime instead of finding the actual person who did it.”
University police said the case is now considered closed.
“Police also asked the county attorney’s office to see if the incident would be considered a false report but were told the case ‘does not meet the elements since Martin did not report a crime,’” the station added.