BY AARON BRENNER | firstname.lastname@example.org
CLEMSON — Clemson University police announced Friday afternoon an arrest of 18-year-old Micah Rogers of Pisgah Forest, N.C. in connection with the Howard’s Rock vandalism earlier this month.
Rogers has been charged with one felony: malicious injury to animals or personal property valued at more than $2,000, but less than $10,000; and one misdemeanor, trespassing, unlawful entry into enclosed places.
Captain Eric Hendricks made the announcement Friday afternoon, saying the suspect was identified by a witness.
Because Rogers’ white truck has a Clemson Tiger Paw sticker, and his home had Clemson paraphernalia, police believe Rogers’ motive was not that of a rival fan.
The investigation remains ongoing, and the broken portion of the rock – about 15 percent of the original artifact – has not been recovered.
Rogers appeared in Clemson University Municipal Court this morning and was released on $5,470 bail.
On June 20, campus cops released a still photograph and two videos of a white pickup truck approaching and departing the scene on the east side of Memorial Stadium, with three individuals appearing to get out of the truck at 11:22 p.m. on Sunday, June 2 and returning at 11:33 p.m.
The university previously announced a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction of vandals — money raised through private funding by the athletic department. Clemson athletic department Dan Radakovich it would be awarded to the unnamed witness in the event of a conviction.
“On behalf of the athletic department and the football coaches and players,” Radakovich said, “I want to thank the Clemson University Police Department, the State Law Enforcement Division and the Thirteenth Circuit Solicitor’s Office for acting in a swift, thorough manner with regards to the vandalism to Howard’s Rock. We appreciate the efforts of everyone involved in the case.”