PULLMAN, Wash. - Three Washington State University student athletes were charged Tuesday for allegedly causing thousands of dollars worth of damage to cars on Pullman's College Hill back in April.
Pullman Police Commander Chris Tennant confirms the case began early on the morning of April 27, when someone called 911 to report people were jumping on cars at the Cougar Ridge Apartments on College Hill.
The vandals had driven away but the caller was following them.
A Whitman County Sheriff’s deputy pulled the suspects over on N. Grand Avenue. Pullman police then responded and arrested 21-year-old Christian Haangana, 19-year-old Fa’avae Fa’avae and 20-year-old Makamae Gormera-Stevens.
The students were arrested on suspicion of felony 2nd degree malicious mischief because the damage to the cars exceeded $750. They all denied involvement and were and released on their own recognizance.
According to Pullman Radio, the hoods of a Mercedes sport utility vehicle and a Hyundai Sonata were dented. A later release confirmed the Hyundai sustained about $2,400 worth of damage, and the Mercedes received about $2,200 worth of damage.
Witnesses at the scene heard Fa'avae reportedly shout "put it in a coffin," before jumping onto the hood of a car. Other witnesses allegedly told officers that they saw Haangana punch a windshield, shattering it.
Haangana is a redshirt junior offensive lineman who appeared in every game for the Cougars last season playing mostly on special teams. Fa’avae Fa’avae is a redshirt sophomore linebacker who played in ten games for the Cougs last fall.
Gomera-Stevens is a sophomore on the Cougar soccer team.
All three athletes were charged with a count of 3rd degree malicious mischief and are scheduled to be arraigned in Whitman County District Court on July 23.
When asked for a statement, WSU Athletics officials said they were aware of the situation and will handle the matter internally.
Pullman Police were unable to find a motive for the alleged vandalism and did not indicate whether alcohol was involved.
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