A student has vandalized East Carolina’s Dowdy-Ficken Stadium complex over the weekend. An East Carolina 18-year-old freshman has been arrested in connection with the incident and University police believe that the facilities have suffered about $35,000 worth of damage. The police also believe at least two more individuals were involved.
The initial suspect was arrested after he was seen trying to climb a fence as he returned to the stadium in an attempt to retrieve his misplaced cell phone, which police ended up finding on the field. He was ultimately charged with breaking and entering, first-degree trespassing, three counts of injury to personal property, and injury to real property. The Daily Reflector reported that the student was also charged with possession of marijuana and breaking and entering a vehicle in the stadium parking lot on Saturday. He is being placed under a $20,000 bond.
Once caught the suspect confessed to participating in the incident after consuming alcohol, but would not give up the names of the other two individuals involved.
According to the ECU police department the incident occurred early Sunday morning when three vandals drove Kubota utility vehicles, that had keys in them, into the stadium. From there they proceeded to drive the vehicles into two water fountains and concession areas under the stands. They also left tire circles on the playing field and damaged the vehicles as well.
East Carolina Pirates head coach Ruffin McNeil said he was very disappointed with what occurred and that it was unacceptable for someone to do that to their field. The incident couldn’t have come at a worse time for the Pirates as they prepare to host Navy in the schools’ Military Appreciation Game this weekend.
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