West Virginia University Police have arrested one man and have a warrant for another in connection with a car flipping incident in a WVU parking area following WVU's September 28 win over Oklahoma State, according to a news release from WVU Police.
Kevin James Wheeler, 18, a WVU student from White Hall, Maryland, was arrested Wednesday. WVU Police said a warrant has been obtained for William Schwab, 18, a University of South Carolina student from Sparks Glencoe, Maryland. Both men are charged with felony destruction of property, police said.
The Monongalia County Prosecuting Attorney's Office has agreed to extradite Schwab as "a reflection of the seriousness associated with this type of criminal behavior," according to the news release.
Police said the vehicle's damage estimate exceeded $6,000.
WVU Police investigators spent more than 100 hours on the case, following up on more than 40 tips, which led to the warrants being obtained, according to the news release.
Police said the felony destruction of property charge carries a $2,500 fine and up to 10 years in prison, or both a fine and prison time, if convicted.
West Virginia University police are using social media to identify people involved in Saturday's car flipping caught on camera. It happened in Parking Lot Area 5.
Police said it's the first time they've used social media in this way.
"It's quicker; I'm still seeing how reliable it is. You get a lot of information very quickly. Some of it's good; some of it is not so good. It's not like talking to someone face-to-face," said Chief Bob Roberts, of WVU Police.
WVU Student Government has released a statement.
It reads in part: "The majority of WVU students do not participate in or appreciate this type of unlawful behavior. The surge of student support has been of great assistance in identifying those responsible for these criminal acts."
The West Virginia University Police Department are investigating an incident involving several people, allegedly WVU students, flipping a car.
WVU Police said the incident happened Saturday evening after the WVU-Oklahoma State Football game.
The video of the car being flipped was posted a video on Instagram then it was deleted. A third party saved the video and then posted it to YouTube.
John Bolt from West Virginia University said that, "WVU students that were involved can and will face disciplinary action including, and up, to expulsion."
He also said to not assume all of the people that were involved are students. He has good reason to believe that at least one person was not a student.
Police said they are investigating the incident, but do not have any more information other than the video.
If you have any information call the WVU Police Department at 304-293-3136.