An 18-year-old Woodacre man has been named as one of three suspects in a hate crime case at San Jose State University.

Colin Warren was charged late Wednesday along with Logan Beaschler, 18, of Bakersfield and Joseph Bomgardner, 19, of Clovis. The students were not available for comment and it was unclear whether they had legal representation.

The alleged harassment began in late August when a black freshman and seven other young white men — all assigned to live together — moved into the four-bedroom, on-campus suite.

Eight weeks later, in mid-October, the freshman's parents noticed a Confederate flag draped over a cardboard cutout of Elvis in the living room of the suite and a dry-erase board with the "N-word" scrawled on it, and reported it via housing officials to campus police.

The freshman's roommates also allegedly nicknamed him "Three-fifths," referring to the way the government once counted blacks as just a fraction of a person, and fastened a bicycle lock around his neck.

Prosecutors have filed misdemeanor hate-crime and battery charges against Warren, Beaschler and Bomgardner. University spokeswoman Pat Lopes Harris said the incident is still under investigation, and no decision has been made yet on whether the students will be sanctioned.

They could face penalties ranging from probation to a year in jail if convicted, as well as university discipline.

The San Jose Mercury News contributed to this report.


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