Posted: May 5, 2011 3:15 PM by Russell Jones
Updated: May 5, 2011 3:15 PM
Source: LSU Police
BATON ROUGE - The LSU student accused of burning the school's American flag and damaging the campus War Memorial has surrendered to theft and arson charges, according to university police.
Sgt. Blake Tabor with LSU Police said Isaac Eslava, 23, turned himself in earlier today at the suggestion of his attorney.
Eslava had been wanted in suspicion of damaging property, arson and theft in the flag-burning incident on May 2. Detectives said yesterday they had information Eslava had fled to Atlanta.
Police had responded to the War Memorial around 5:15 a.m. May 2, and found the American flag had been cut down and burned. The state flag was still there, but the LSU flag was missing.
Tabor said detectives found evidence that connected Eslava to the crime, including a knife with fibers from the flag's cord still on it and a stolen car with drug paraphernalia and Eslava's clothes inside, along with the LSU flag.
The repair costs to the LSU War Memorial are estimated at $7,530 and repair costs at The Venue Apartments are estimated at $400.
Tabor said LSU Police has assistance from the Baton Rouge City Police and Louisiana State Police Crime Lab in the investigation.