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Student recently shatters Craven dorm window with brick

Occupants of one Craven Quad dorm heard a crashing sound coming from their first-floor window Sept. 13. When they ran to investigate, they found a brick lying on the floor surrounded by shards of glass.

House VO, which houses the Sigma Chi fraternity, was vandalized Sept. 13 between 8:25 and 8:28 p.m., according to Duke’s weekly police blotter report. The alleged culprit is a student, who was later identified and referred to Student Conduct, wrote Paul Grantham, assistant vice president of communication services, in an email to The Chronicle. The crime was reported to the Duke University Police Department at 8:31 p.m.

“I left my room, went down the hall, saw glass everywhere, looked up, and there was a hole through the window of the door,” said Manav Vakil, a sophomore and member of Sigma Chi.

Courtesy of Manav Vakil

John Dailey, chief of DUPD, wrote in an email that the broken window was on the basement floor of the building, and there were no reported injuries. However, Dailey declined to comment further on the event, which the department classified as “injury to real property.”

Vakil told The Chronicle that he’s confident that it was a singular, isolated event and that his safety as a student has not been compromised.

“I haven’t really heard of anything like this happening before,” Vakil said. “But I feel safe in my dorm.”

By the morning of Sept. 14, the glass had been cleaned up and the broken window had been boarded up with plywood. House VO residents were not provided with any more information about the incident, Vakil said.

As of midday Sept. 18, the broken window had been replaced.


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