Release Date: November 6, 2001
$1,000 Reward Offered in Residence Hall Prank
Angelo State University is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual or individuals responsible for causing extensive water damage in the Men's High Rise Tuesday morning.
The damage occurred after a sprinkler head on the eighth floor of the residence hall was activated. Extensive water damage was reported on the eighth and seventh floors. Damage was reported as well on the first through sixth floors.
Interim Police Chief Ronald C. Martin said persons with information relating to the vandalism should contact the ASU Police Department at 942-2071. Persons with leads in the investigation will remain confidential.
Charges that Martin said are expected to result from the police investigation include arson, a second-degree felony, and criminal mischief.
The individual or individuals involved apparently used some type of flame to activate a sprinkler head on the west end of the eighth floor hallway. The vandalism was reported to ASU Police at 4:19 a.m. Tuesday.
The residence hall was evacuated after police officer Raye Allen Conaway observed smoke coming from a first-floor light fixture. Units from the San Angelo Fire Department and the San Angelo Police Department responded at that time. Fire department personnel plugged the damaged sprinkler head to stop the water flow.
Displaced residents were sheltered in the Food Service Center and in the lobby of the adjacent Women's High Rise.
Power to the residence hall was shut off temporarily to prevent potential problems from water getting into the electrical system. The criminal investigation and a thorough inspection of the building were initiated Tuesday morning.