The Riley County Police Department has announced that the owner of a Manhattan, Kansas vehicle that was defaced with racist graffiti admitted to police that he the damage did it to his own car. The vehicle was found near Kansas State University last week and sparked racial tension across the campus.
According to local police, investigators say Dauntarius Williams, 21, admitted to investigators he was responsible for the acts. Police say Williams was remorseful and regretted his actions.
“I would like to deeply apologize to the community,” Williams said in a statement. “The whole situation got out of hand when it shouldn’t have even started. It was just a Halloween prank that got out of hand. I wish I could go back to that night but I can’t. I just want to apologize from the bottom of my heart for the pain and news I have brought you all.”
While the FBI had gotten involved in the case, Police said that Williams will not be charged.
Police said that Williams was ‘genuinely remorseful and expressed sincere regret’ that his actions resulted in negative media attention, and the agency issued a statement from him in their release in which he apologized to the community.
The Riley County police department released a full statement: