- Associated Press - Saturday, June 28, 2014

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Iowa City police say they have identified a suspect in the vandalism of a Herky statue and expect to file a felony charge.

Police are in the process of contacting the alleged vandal, who is accused of damaging the “Organic Herky” statue located downtown, according to the Iowa City Press-Citizen (https://icp-c.com/1rKbqV7 ). Herky, the hawk, is the mascot of the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Authorities won’t release a name until the person is formally charged. The expected charge is second-degree criminal mischief.

Iowa City police officer David Schwindt said the suspect apparently punched the agriculture-themed, fiberglass statue, which caused its ankles to crack. Schwindt said police hope the suspect turns him or herself in.

The Iowa City Area Convention and Visitors Bureau has removed the statue for repairs, which will cost an estimated $1,300. The statue is one of 83 included in this year’s Herky on Parade displays.

Another Herky statue, located on the north side of the University of Iowa Pentacrest, was severely damaged by vandals in May. It has since been repaired and returned to its original location. No arrests were made in that case, and police closed the investigation.

The only other Herky not currently on display, Gymnest Herky, is close to being finished.


Information from: Iowa City Press-Citizen, https://www.press-citizen.com/

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