Rutgers-Newark student arrested; dorm evacuated

Officials evacuated dorms on the Rutgers-Newark campus today for the second time in 24 hours while the FBI searched for potentially hazardous substances following a

NEWARK - Officials evacuated dorms on the Rutgers-Newark campus today for the second time in 24 hours while the FBI searched for potentially hazardous substances following a student's arrest. Authorities say they found the explosive materials they were searching for.

Last night, students from University Square, Woodward Hall and Talbott Hall were evacuated. University Square students were evacuated again today. Rutgers Chief of Police Michael Lattimone says, "We don't think there was any immediate danger to the students and we wanted to make sure that we kept them out of harm's way."

Rutgers-Newark spokeswoman Helen Paxton says police arrested sophomore Elan Haba, of North Caldwell, last night. The 19-year-old faces charges including theft and possession of fireworks and a prohibited weapon.

Haba's arrest came after The University of South Dakota alerted New Jersey authorities that one of their students with an alleged connection to Haba had been found with suspicious materials.

At a press conference earlier today, authorities wouldn't reveal what the explosive materials were or whether Haba had plans to use them.

Authorities say Haba cooperated up to a point, then got an attorney and stopped talking.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

Bridge-Gate defendants Bridget Kelly and Bill Baroni are 1 Bridge-Gate defendants to be sentenced today
VIDEO: Defense closing arguments in Mall at Short 2 VIDEO: Defense closing arguments in Mall at Short Hills murder trial
The municipal court judge out of Fort Lee 3 Judge files official misconduct complaint against Gov. Christie
Undated photo of the New Jersey governor's mansion. 4 Lightning causes damage at governor's mansion; no injuries
News 12 New Jersey - Weather On The 5 New Jersey Weather Forecast

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

It's good to know you have Walt Kane Kane in Your Corner

It's good to know you have Walt Kane in your corner.

News 12 takes a look at the hottest Tech Check

Eric Landskroner has a look at the latest gadgets and biggest stories in tech.

News 12 On the Scene

Check out these exclusive videos from New Jersey celebs!

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE