Teen Arrested for Violent Attack on Pro-Palestinian Encampment at UCLA Campus

Los Angeles, California – A violent attack on a pro-Palestinian encampment at the University of California, Los Angeles, last month has led to the first arrest of an 18-year-old non-student suspect, officials announced Friday.

The suspect, identified as Edan On, was taken into custody by UCLA police at a business in Beverly Hills with a bail set at $30,000. On, a high school senior from Beverly Hills, was seen in videos wearing a white mask and hoodie while participating in the attack that involved throwing traffic cones, releasing pepper spray, and throwing live mice into the encampment.

The attack resulted in at least 15 injuries, with pro-Palestinian supporters claiming the number to be closer to 25. UCLA condemned the violence as involving a group of instigators, with one individual seen on video assaulting encampment occupants with a wooden pole, leading to serious injuries.

On’s mother, in a now-deleted Facebook post, stated that her son went to bully Palestinian students in the tents at UCLA, despite his denial of being present at the university. UCLA Chancellor Gene Block expressed regret over the handling of the attack, admitting that law enforcement took several hours to intervene.

Following the incident, police from various agencies dismantled the encampment, with the UCLA police chief being reassigned pending a security process examination. Protesters attempted to establish a new encampment, but dispersed upon orders to leave, with a group later staging a sit-in inside a building before being cleared out by officers.

The arrest comes after an investigation involving interviews with victims and witnesses, alongside reviews of security camera images and publicly available videos. University police are currently probing all reported acts of violence associated with protest or counterprotest activities since April 25.