Father of suspect in Pearland ISD football stadium vandalism: He’s still a child to me

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by Drew Karedes / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on May 30, 2012 at 11:10 PM

Updated Thursday, May 31 at 11:42 AM

HOUSTON—One of two teens accused of vandalizing the football field in Pearland is out of jail, and his father didn’t want to talk on camera.

Anthony Lowe, 18, is suspected of retaliating after being cut from the high school’s football team.

Lowe is accused of rounding up alleged accomplice Jorge Flores and causing up to $50,000 worth of damage to The Rig. Investigators said the two cut large segments of artificial turf from the center of the field sometime late Monday, May 21.

The stadium is home to the Dawson High Eagles and the Pearland High Oilers.

On Wednesday, KHOU visited Lowe’s listed address in Alvin to see if there is a side of the story that isn’t being told.

A man who identified himself as Lowe’s father didn’t have much to say.

“Alright, he’s still a child to me,” he said. “OK he’s not going to talk. I’m his dad right here, and he’s not going to talk to nobody.”

Lowe and Flores are charged with criminal mischief, a third-degree felony.

Flores could face prison time because he’s already on probation for a drug conviction.

A number of residents in Pearland are voicing concern over who’s going to pay to fix the field.

“I’m actually appalled that they would do something like that,” said Janet Griffin of Pearland.

The teens that stand accused have been banned from walking in this Friday’s graduation. It’s unclear if the damage done to the football field will also cost them their diplomas.

Pearland police say they aren’t ruling out the possibility that others might have been involved.

In addition to a knife, police believe the suspects used another tool to tear up the field. At this time police aren’t saying what that tool is.

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