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Man accused of damaging sprinkler at NCCU, causing major water damage

Posted June 5, 2012
Updated June 6, 2012

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— Police arrested a 21-year-old man accused of vandalizing the fire alarm and sprinkler system inside a science building at North Carolina Central University in Durham, causing hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage.

Kenneth Drake was charged Saturday with attempted breaking and entering into a motor vehicle, false fire alarm, injury to a building, fence or wall and injury to real property. Police said Drake had an outstanding warrant from Greensboro on the attempted breaking and entering charge.

N.C. Central Police Chief Tim Bellamy said Drake was scheduled to take a college placement exam in the building, but was turned away because he didn't have proper identification. In an act of retaliation, Bellamy said, Drake busted a sprinkler head on the second floor.

"Which then caused flooding on the first and second floor of the building, damage to numerous amounts of computers, personal work stations, the flooring, tile," Bellamy said. "(I'd estimate the damage) in the hundreds of thousands." NCCU sustains major water damage from vandalism NCCU sustains major water damage from vandalism

The building was evacuated and about 300 students will have to reschedule their exam as a result.

N.C. Central student Dontavion Carmon said he frequently leaves long-term projects in the building for days at a time. He said he didn't lose any work, but any projects left in the building over the weekend were likely destroyed.

"If that were to happen to me, I'd be highly upset about it," Carmon said. "Number one, that's a grade. Number two, that's taking your time and effort."

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  • Spartan 136 Jun 7, 2012

    He was just keeping it real. ProudBlackSingleMother

    Let's hope he will just pay for all the damage he caused, for real.

    Can he pay with a EBT card?

  • cwood3 Jun 6, 2012

    Turbo08-behave man-these people can't hep their own stupidity.

    Rev Jackson equates Voter ID to the civil rights battles of years gone by. I guess their cause if far more important than honesty and integrity in the voting booth-hummm!! Rev Barber-you too!!

    This man deserves prison -no-you cannot jail a man for stupid-well-he lost his temper!! Why not-restitution-he'll be broke forever!!

  • lumberman Jun 6, 2012

    Why was this genius trying to get in to college ?
    It sounds like is to smart for his own good.

  • turbo08 Jun 6, 2012

    "Amazing...you must have proper ID to take a placement test...but you don't have to have one to vote...!!!!!"-SmokeWagon

    Well it would just make too much sense to require ID to vote that's why.

  • nonemeant Jun 6, 2012

    This 'me, myself, and I" generation is a trip.

  • djofraleigh Jun 6, 2012

    I went to NCCU back when, and back then it seemed all the bad things happened to campus.

  • djofraleigh Jun 6, 2012

    Well i guess that's one way to get an education as while he is behind bars he will have access to all the education he needs and FREE. -- COMMENT

    That's a "half-full" positive way to view the crime & Punishment of this.

  • onlymy2cents Jun 6, 2012

    He was just keeping it real. ProudBlackSingleMother

    Oh, he was keeping it real alright....real stupid that is.

  • ladyblue Jun 6, 2012

    Well i guess that's one way to get an education as while he is behind bars he will have access to all the education he needs and FREE..

  • Scare Crow Jun 6, 2012

    anneonymousone........agreed, you are correct!

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