Police caught the person they think is responsible for damaging Howard’s Rock earlier this month. Here’s the release:
Clemson University police have arrested Micah Rogers of Pisgah Forest, N.C., in connection with the case of vandalism to Howard’s Rock, the iconic fixture Clemson football players rub prior to entering Memorial Stadium.
Rogers, 18, was 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.
Howard’s Rock was vandalized earlier this month. The protective casing was destroyed and a portion of the rock was chipped away.
Capt. Eric Hendricks said the vandalism occurred the night of June 2 and was captured partially by video surveillance cameras. The suspect also was identified by a witness.
The broken portion of the rock has not been recovered yet, and the investigation is ongoing.
Rogers appeared in Clemson University Municipal Court this morning and was released on personal recognizance bond of $5,470.
“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,” said Clemson Athletic Director Dan Radakovich. “We appreciate the efforts of everyone involved in this case.”
Here’s the kicker in all of this: It looks like Rogers is a Clemson fan. Captain Eric Hendrix from the Clemson police department didn’t come out and call him a Tiger fan, but this statement from him all but confirms it:
“He does have a Clemson Tiger paw sticker on the back glass of the truck that he owns and he also had Clemson memorabilia in his home.”
Below you can hear all of Hendrix’s comments to the media and also Clemson AD Dan Radakovich’s response.