Coyote Village bomb search, evacuation leads to New Jersey arrest

A student with an alleged connection to the partial evacuation of Coyote Village has been arrested.

Elan Haba, 19, a sophomore on the Rutgers-Newark campus in Newark, N.J., was arrested Tuesday night and faces charges including theft, and possession of fireworks and a prohibited weapon.

A resident of North Caldwell, N.J., Haba was brought to the attention of the authorities by officials from the University of South Dakota after a room check at Coyote Village uncovered items USD's manager of media relations described as being "possibly considered explosive in nature."

According to the Associated Press, the USD authorities said that Haba had an alleged connection to the student in question.

A dorm on the Rutgers-Newark campus was evacuated Wednesday while the FBI searched for further potentially hazardous substances relating to Haba, who has been released to his parents, the AP said.

The series of events began Tuesday when Coyote Village staff members were inspecting a room that had been vacated by a former student and found the suspicious items, Carter said.

Campus police and the Vermillion Police Department were notified, and authorities from Sioux Falls also appeared on the scene.

As depicted in a photo posted on campus newspaper The Volante's Web site, a "bomb squad" vehicle was among those parked outside Coyote Village during the search of the room.

"Even though there didn't appear to be an immediate threat, several rooms affecting about 20 students were evacuated just as a safety precaution," Carter said.

Investigators from Sioux Falls uncovered further items in their search, he added.

Carter said the investigators left campus shortly after midnight, and all Coyote Village residents are now back in their rooms.

The investigation is being handled by the Division of Criminal Investigation, Carter said.

A representative from the DCI told the Plain Talk that she had no further information to add about the investigation itself, but that any charges against the former USD student will be filed by the Clay County state's attorney.

– The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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