UPDATE: November 6, 2017

MANHATTAN, Kan. (KSNT) – The Riley County Police Department reports that the owner of the car that was vandalized with hateful, racist messages last week in Manhattan was responsible for graffiti, but will not face charges.

On November 1, officers were sent to the 2200 block of Claflin Road regarding a parked vehicle in an area apartment complex that had been defaced with racist graffiti and a threat.

During the investigation, the owner of the vehicle, Dauntarius Williams, 21, of Manhattan, admitted to investigators that he was responsible for the graffiti.

Despite having filed a false report, RCPD said the filing of criminal charges against Williams for having done so would not be in the best interest of the citizens who comprise the Manhattan community.

RCPD said Williams was genuinely remorseful and expressed sincere regret that his actions had resulted in the negative media attention that resulted.

“I would like to deeply apologize to the community. 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,” Williams said.

RCPD said they recognize the difficulties this case created in the community and the emotions that matters of this nature bring to the surface.

“While the community response to the incident was warranted based on the information available at the time, the facts are now different than previously reported. We want to encourage everyone to take a moment to reflect on this new information. We hope the community will remain vigilant, engaged and concerned for the safety and wellbeing of our fellow citizens.”

The FBI took over the investigation, with help from RCPD.

MANHATTAN, Kan. (KSNT) – Kansas State University President Richard Myers released a statement Thursday morning following an incident in which a vehicle near the campus was vandalized with graffiti containing racial slurs.

In his statement, Myers said the incident on Wednesday affected the Manhattan campus and caused significant pain to students, faculty and staff.

“The racist messages found on a car parked off campus are a direct attack on the values of our community.”

Myers went on to say that those who wish harm should not be allowed to create a culture of fear and divisiveness.

“As I hear from student leadership following this incident, your message is clear: We need to ensure the safety of those affected by this attack.”

Myers said the K-State Police Department will immediately increase its patrols and visible presence on the Manhattan campus.

“Those who need support should use the many resources we make available through student life and our counseling center. Please avail yourselves of assistance if needed, including our LiveSafe app and Wildcat Walk services. If we need to make additional resources available, we will.”

The Riley County Police Department has been investigating this incident after if was first reported at 7:25 a.m. Wednesday in the 2200 block of Claflin Road. They believe it happened sometime between 1:30 a.m. to 3:00 a.m.

RCPD announced on Thursday that the FBI will be taking over as the lead agency on the case.

In his statement, Myers said they are calling on RCPD to use all available resources in its investigation, including necessary state and federal resources.

“There has already been widespread misinformation about this incident; we need to make decisions based on factual information, not rumors, unsubstantiated social media posts or stories. Let’s get it right.”

KSNT News is not releasing the name of the victim, as per his request.

Police are asking anyone with information on this crime to contact RCPD at 785-537-2112 or Crime Stoppers at 785-539-7777.

To read Myers full statement CLICK HERE