Arrest made in vandalism of Clemson's 'Howard's Rock'

Micah Rogers of Pisgah Forest, N.C. charged with felony

Dan Radakovich, Clemson University athletic director, listens to Capt. Eric Hendricks of the Clemson University police department announcing the arrest of Micah Rogers of Pisgah Forest, North Carolina, in relation to the damage of Howard's Rock, in the Hendrix Student Center on campus.

Photo by Ken Ruinard

Dan Radakovich, Clemson University athletic director, listens to Capt. Eric Hendricks of the Clemson University police department announcing the arrest of Micah Rogers of Pisgah Forest, North Carolina, in relation to the damage of Howard's Rock, in the Hendrix Student Center on campus.

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CLEMSON — An 18-year-old North Carolina man is out on bail after his Friday morning arrest in connection with the defacement of Howard’s Rock, the Death Valley icon honored by Clemson football players running onto the field for nearly 40 years.

Clemson University police arrested Micah Rogers, 18, of Pisgah Forest, N.C. Rogers appeared in the university’s Municipal Court shortly after his arrest and was released on a personal recognizance bond of $5,470.

Capt. Eric Hendricks of the Clemson University Police Department said during a Friday afternoon news conference at the Hendrix Student Center that the department would not release Rogers’ home address or date of birth, given the high-charged reaction of Tigers fans over the incident.

“It is in the interest of his safety,” Hendricks said.

Rogers is 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.

Investigators were commended by a university official for their work.

“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,” Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich said. “We appreciate the efforts of everyone involved in this case.”

Hendricks stressed repeatedly, however, that the investigation is ongoing. He declined to say how many more suspects there may be in the case or close they are to more arrests. He also refused to reveal what, if any, information investigators may have gleaned from Rogers.

Video released by the university last week showed three passengers in a 1993 Ford F250 truck pulling up next to Memorial Stadium on the night of June 2, and returning shortly thereafter in an apparently celebratory mood before pulling away.

The Rock vandal suspect arrested

The protective casing was destroyed and a portion of the rock was chipped away. The broken portion of the rock has not been recovered yet, and the investigation is ongoing.

Hendricks said investigators traced ownership of the truck back to the suspect’s father, with help from an unidentified witness within the last week.

He would not discuss or speculate about motive, but he did say investigators noticed Clemson Tiger paraphernalia at Rogers’ home.

Rogers' attorney, Frank Eppes, told the Associated Press that Rogers recognized his truck from the video footage and called the attorney last week and they agreed to meet with police this week.

Eppes said it wasn't time to discuss any details of the case, including what role Rogers had in the vandalism. He did ask people to respect the privacy of Rogers' family.

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Comments » 5

TRUETIGER1 writes:

Weren't there 3 of them ? An example needs to be set here. Throw the book at them and no PLEA BARGAINING. I hope the little punk gets life.

TigerMarine writes:

See I'm not crazy .... Ya ya I said F150 but I can't see under the hood. Not surprised it is a Tiger fan but I am very disappointed. Oh and NOW is the time to tell the university police good job. Better job when he rolls on the buddies. Screw PTI fry the M A N all we can !!!!!

33dtb writes:

....."that the department would not release Rogers’ home address or date of birth, given the high-charged reaction of Tigers fans over the incident.

“It is in the interest of his safety,” Hendricks said."........

All we ever needed was a name !!!

bdog1981 writes:

I still can't believe that someone with Clemson ties could do this. Forget about jail, I personally think that Mr. Rogers should be introduced on August 31 in Death Valley right in the middle of the field and lets see if he can get out of the stadium!

33dtb writes:

in response to bdog1981:

I still can't believe that someone with Clemson ties could do this. Forget about jail, I personally think that Mr. Rogers should be introduced on August 31 in Death Valley right in the middle of the field and lets see if he can get out of the stadium!

yes !

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