Arrest made in Danbury High School field vandalism

By Ryan Korsgard - Reporter

DANBURY, Texas - The Danbury Police Department arrested a man accused of vandalizing the high school football field last weekend.

Michael Barnes, 21, has been booked into the Brazoria County Jail. He is accused of driving his SUV around the field and tearing up the turf. Barnes has been charged with criminal mischief and criminal trespassing.

Police said they looked at surveillance video that they said put Barnes at the school when the field was destroyed.

"We established a very extensive timeline and realized that after he did the multiple destruction of multiple properties on the school district that he left and went to Jack in the Box in Angleton and order him some food, some tacos," Danbury Police Chief D.W. Dyson said.

Dyson said the new tires on Barnes' SUV perfectly matched the tire tracks left on the football field and in some sand on a nearby baseball field. Investigators said Barnes went home that night and washed his SUV the next day. But the chief said there was still grass on the underside of the SUV. Dyson said Barnes started talking after being confronted about it. 

"Tuesday we had enough evidence to charge the individual," Dyson said. "He actually came in, gave a whole written confession."

With the help of professionals, the high school prepared for its homecoming in one week. The superintendent believed the turf will be ready, just not in perfect shape.

"The field should be playable this next week," Danbury Independent School District Superintendent Greg Anderson said. "It will look quite a bit better, but it's still not going to be as beautiful and lush as it was before."

Danbury police continue to investigate. They said a second driver could have been involved.

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