Two Arkansas men arrested for vandalism of Mississippi State University statue

Two Arkansas men arrested for vandalism of Mississippi State University statue
Two arrested in vandalism of statue at Mississippi State University. (Source: Mississippi State Police)

STARKVILLE, MS (KAIT/KATV) - Police arrested two Arkansas men accused of vandalizing a statue of Mississippi State University’s bulldog mascot Bully in September 2018.

According to Little Rock ABC affiliate KATV, Timothy Yeldell, 25, and Mathes Tillinghast, 24, faces felony malicious mischief charges, according to Mississippi State University Police Chief Vance Rice.

Rice said the two are former students of the University of Arkansas.

Police said the two painted the statue, which set in front of Davis Wade Stadium on MSU’s campus, red and wrote “Woo Pig” on the marble base of the statue.

The date “11/17” was also painted onto the statue, which was the date the two football teams played in 2018.

Yeldell surrendered to authorities in Mississippi on Thursday and was later released from the Oktibbeha County jail on bond, KATV reports.

Timothy Yeldell (Source: Oktibbeha Co. Sheriff's Office)
Timothy Yeldell (Source: Oktibbeha Co. Sheriff's Office) (Oktibbeha Co. Sheriff's Office)
Mathes Tillinghast (Source: Oktibbeha Co. Sheriff's Office)
Mathes Tillinghast (Source: Oktibbeha Co. Sheriff's Office) (Oktibbeha Co. Sheriff's Office)

Police said the two painted the statue, which set in front of Davis Wade Stadium on MSU’s campus, red and wrote “Woo Pig” on the marble base of the statue.

The date “11/17” was also painted onto the statue, which was the date the two football teams played in 2018.

Yeldell surrendered to authorities in Mississippi on Thursday and was later released from the Oktibbeha County jail on bond, KATV reports.

Rice said Tillinghast was charged in December after a tip about the incident.

He was arrested at Arkansas Tech University and was extradited to Mississippi.

According to KATV, a search of his phone help police connect Yeldell to the vandalism.

Rice said no motive for the vandalism beyond college football has been found.

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