Three People Linked To Burning Student’s Dorm Room Door Caught

Neetu Chandak | Education and Politics Reporter

Three individuals were jailed Saturday in relation to the setting of a Tulane University student’s dorm room door on fire.

Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office general counsel Blake Arcuri said 21-year-old Robert Money and 20-year-olds David Shelton and Naima Okami faced aggravated arson counts, The Advocate reported Sunday.

The incident allegedly happened at Peyton Lofton’s door Saturday morning, according to The Advocate. A sign that seemed to say “I AM NOLA BUILT” was slightly burned.

Lofton, who is an officer in Tulane’s chapter of Young Americans for Liberty (YAL), claimed it was politically motivated in a statement.

“It’s a sad day in America when radical activists are lighting dorm room doors on fire because they disagree with you politically,” Peyton said in a statement, posted by YALiberty on Twitter Saturday.

University police said it was unclear why the perpetrators allegedly burned the door, WWL-TV reported. YAL officials said Lofton was recently doxxed by an “anti-YAL social media account.”

“If a socialist student is your neighbor, the answer is to engage and discuss the issues, not shame them online and light their door on fire,” YAL President Cliff Maloney said in a statement, also posted for the group’s Twitter account.

Lofton confirmed to The Daily Caller News Foundation over Facebook Messenger that there were no injuries.

The situation caught Donald Trump Jr.’s attention.

“Wonder if the media will report this horrible crime against a campus conservative?” Trump Jr. said on Twitter Saturday.

Money and Shelton are Tulane students while Okami is attending Brown University, WWL-TV reported. (RELATED: Man Accused Of Punching Conservative Activist At UC Berkeley Pleads Not Guilty)

Bail is set at $10,000 each for the perpetrators, according to The Advocate.

YAL is a libertarian organization with several chapters across the country.

Tulane University and YAL did not immediately respond to TheDCNF’s request for comment.

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