Arson Investigation of ROTC Vans at Kent State Leads to Indictments

Kent State University Police announce the indictments of two suspects for setting fire to two Kent State ROTC vans parked near Terrace Hall on the Kent Campus on Feb. 23, 2015. 

Emilio O. Vidal, 23, of Broadview Heights, Ohio, and Evan M.K. Ecklund, 20, of Lakewood, Ohio, have been indicted.

Each faces two counts of arson, a fourth-degree felony, and two counts of vandalism, a fifth-degree felony.

Both suspects are currently in custody at the Portage County Jail. 

The case remains under investigation, and police are unable to provide further details about the incident.

Kent State University Police worked in collaboration with Kent Police, the Ohio State Fire Marshal's Office and the FBI.

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Eric Mansfield,, 330-672-2797
Emily Vincent,, 330-672-8595

POSTED: Friday, October 2, 2015 04:25 PM
Updated: Saturday, December 3, 2022 01:02 AM
Eric Mansfield