The News Desk is a collection of news, notes and breaking items affecting the Fredericksburg community.
School vandalism charges head to grand jury
BY KEITH EPPS
Charges against a young man accused of causing extensive damage to a North Stafford elementary school were sent to a county grand jury Thursday.
Jarred Tyler Kee, 19, of Stafford started Thursday facing 26 charges, including 16 counts of vandalism.
Kee and his attorney, Alexander Raymond, waived a scheduled preliminary hearing in Stafford General District
Court, and three felony charges were certified to the grand jury.
Prosecutor Andrea McCauley dropped the other charges, but indicated that all or most will be reinstated when the case gets to Circuit Court.
According to the evidence, Kee and a 17-year-old accomplice broke into Hampton Oaks Elementary School just south of Garrisonville early Sept. 30 and went on a rampage.
Six ceramic globes were smashed, multiple computer monitors were broken and other electronic equipment was destroyed.
In addition, fire extinguishers and paper-towel dispensers were ripped from the walls, windows were broken and every book in the school library was knocked off the shelves.
The intruders entered the school through an open access hatch on the roof, according to the evidence.
Deputy Joseph Floirendo went to the school about 1:20 a.m. in response to a call from an alarm company.
He waited for backup after hearing noises inside and later encountered two males wearing masks and hooded sweatshirts. They were taken into custody without further incident.
Police at the time estimated the damage at more than $15,000, but McCauley said the final estimate could be higher.
Both intruders were intoxicated, according to the evidence. The case against the younger suspect is still in juvenile court.
Kee is free on bond.
Keith Epps: 540/374-5404