Three more suspects charged after ‘senior prank’ vandalizes Union County high school

Deputies identified an 18-year-old and 21-year-old as the primary suspects in the case.
That brings the total number of suspects charged to five.
Published: May. 23, 2023 at 5:27 PM EDT
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UNION COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV) - Three more people have been charged in connection with vandalism resulting from a “senior prank” at Sun Valley High School this past week. That brings the total number of suspects charged to five.

“Earlier today, three additional suspects were charged and arrested in connection with the recent property damage incident that began as a “senior prank” at Sun Valley High School late last week. 18-year-old Cameron Pope, 18-year-old Jacob Garay, and 19-year-old Mark Aponte were arrested after being identified as suspects during the extensive, ongoing investigation being conducted by UCSO deputies,” according to the Union County Sheriff’s Office.

“All three suspects were charged with Felony Damaging Computers (NCGS 14-455) and Injury to Personal Property (NCGS 14-160) and were processed into the Union County Jail. All suspects were taken before a local judicial official and received secured bonds of $5,000.00.”

According to the Union County Sheriff’s Office, 21-year-old Javier Sheffield, who is not a student, and 18-year-old Nalen Geoffroy, who is a student, were previously arrested and charged.

Nalen Geoffroy (left) and Javier Sheffield (right)
Nalen Geoffroy (left) and Javier Sheffield (right)(Union County Sheriff's Office)

Deputies said those involved dumped honey into electrical outlets, printers and other electronic devices, in addition to littering the building. The total cost of the damage is expected to exceed $20,000.

Investigators identified Sheffield and Geoffroy as the primary suspects in the case.

“The damage caused by these suspects during this “prank” is unacceptable and will not be tolerated,” Sheriff Eddie Cathey said in a statement. “The total cost of necessary repairs or replacements is still being calculated but is expected to be valued at over $20,000. Local parents need to be extra vigilant this time of year and ensure their children are making smart decisions that will keep them from jeopardizing their futures.”

Sheffield and Geoffroy are being charged with felony damaging computers and misdemeanor injury to personal property.

The conditions of their releases have not yet been determined.

“UCSO deputies continue to increase their patrols of our local school campuses in order to deter property damage and once again we ask that parents take the time to speak with their children/teens about making smart decisions as the school year comes to a close,” the UCSO said.

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