Clemson University police have arrested an 18-year-old man in connection with the vandalism to Howard's Rock and charged him with one felony and one misdemeanor, the school announced in a news release Friday.
Micah Rogers of Pisgah Forest, N.C., was charged with felony malicious injury to animals or personal property valued at more than $2,000 but less than $10,000; and misdemeanor trespassing.
Howard's Rock, the iconic fixture Tigers football players rub before entering Memorial Stadium, was vandalized June 2. The protective casing was destroyed and a chunk of the rock was chipped away.
Capt. Eric Hendricks said the vandalism was captured partially by video surveillance cameras. A witness also identified the suspect. The broken portion of the rock has not been recovered yet, and the investigation is ongoing.
Rogers appeared in Clemson University Municipal Court Friday morning and was released on personal recognizance bond of $5,470. Though Rogers has no official ties to Clemson, Hendricks told one publication the suspect "does have a Clemson Tiger Paw sticker on the back glass of the truck that he owned. He also had Clemson memorabilia that he owned in his home. I’ll let you draw your own conclusions from that."
Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich added in a statement: “On behalf of the athletic department and the football coaches and players, 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 this case.”