Cleveland police have identified a suspect in the Nov. 22 incident at FirstEnergy Stadium, where Browns field was vandalized for a vehicle before their Week 12 matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Anthony Robert Westley O’Neal, 21, was named a suspect more than a week after a man broke into the stadium and drove a pickup truck across the field, causing visible damage.
According to police reports, a security manager said he saw a man jump over the fence before entering the stadium, take two Browns scarves and finally get into a Ford F-150 pickup truck and drive it across the field. reported FOX8.
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The incident reportedly took place shortly after midnight.
“We are aware of the incident that occurred early Tuesday morning at FirstEnergy Stadium and have provided the Cleveland Division of Police with all relevant information.” the Browns he said in a statement at the time.
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“Based on our internal assessment, there was some superficial damage to the playing field which our grounds maintenance team is currently working to repair. We are very proud of the strong reviews and reputation of our stadium playing surface, [we] I have been in contact with the NFL on the matter and we are confident that after the repair our field will be ready for Sunday’s game against the Tampa Buccaneers.”
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While no charges have been filed, O’Neal will be a “direct indictment” before the Cuyahoga County Grand Jury, police said Thursday.
Ryan Morik of Fox News and the Associated Press contributed to this report.