Oct 252012

By Jane Dail

Thursday, October 25, 2012

East Carolina University on Wednesday announced that a teenager who admitted to vandalizing the field and other property at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium no longer is enrolled at the school.

Jeannine Hutson with ECU News Services said William Banks, 18, no longer is a student at the university.

“East Carolina University has completed its review and announced today that William James Banks is no longer enrolled at the university,” she said on Wednesday.

Banks also no longer is a resident on campus, according to university officials.

Banks admitted to stealing Kubota utility vehicles early Sunday morning and vandalizing the football field, water fountains, concession stands and eventually the vehicles.

He was caught by ECU police officers processing the damage while climbing over the fence at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium to retrieve his cellphone. Police found his phone on the field and arrested the freshman.

Three people climbed a wall at the stadium between 3 a.m. and 6:20 a.m. Sunday and drove three unsecured Kubota utility vehicles with keys in them in circles around the field and underneath the stands, Lt. Chris Sutton with the ECU police said Monday.

The two other suspects are at-large. ECU police are asking anyone with information about the suspects to call 327-6787 or visit www.ecu.edu/cs-studentlife/police/report_crime.cfm to leave a tip. Tips can be anonymous.

Contact Jane Dail at 252-329-9585 or jdail@reflector.com.

via The Daily Reflector.


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