NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The NOPD is searching for a person seen in surveillance footage early Wednesday morning vandalizing several areas of the campus of Isidore Newman School.
At about 1:33 a.m., a white male is seen approaching the school from Loyola Street wearing a mask, dark clothing, a dark backpack and a dark hat. He is then seen spray-painting multiple threatening and vulgar messages on several buildings throughout the campus.
Based on the initial investigation, detectives believe the suspect is responsible for similar incidents reported in the area.
The school has closed for the day and has postponed the start of classes until Monday, Aug. 22.
The FBI's Hate Crimes Division is assisting the NOPD in the ongoing investigation.
The NOPD said video or photos from the incident that will help identify the suspect will be released to the public when they become available.
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Second District detectives at 504-658-6020.
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