Holiday Inn management confirms A&M vandalism incident

Published: Oct. 10, 2011 at 4:27 PM CDT|Updated: Dec. 15, 2014 at 1:22 AM CST
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Fish bait still in Holiday Inn parking lot Monday
Fish bait still in Holiday Inn parking lot Monday
Fish bait still in Holiday Inn parking lot Monday
Fish bait still in Holiday Inn parking lot Monday
Fish bait still in Holiday Inn parking lot Monday
Fish bait still in Holiday Inn parking lot Monday

Management at the Lubbock Holiday Inn has confirmed that a vandalism incident happened in their parking lot before Saturday's A&M game.

Holiday Inn employees confirm that A&M buses were defaced with shoe polish. Vandals wrote "Wreck 'em" and painted a Texas Tech symbol on one side of a bus and painted a profane remark about the A&M mascot on another.

Early reports said that a substance inside one bus smelled like manure, but Medawar confirmed that the substance in the bus was fish bait when KCBD spoke with him on Monday afternoon.

Holiday Inn employees cleaned the outside of the buses and sent another employee inside to help clean what was initially thought to be manure.

"My Chief Engineer contacted me on Saturday afternoon and told me the buses were vandalized," Holiday Inn General Manager Paul Medawar said.

"The buses were written on with shoe shine polish and smelled of manure," Holiday Inn Chief Engineer Henry Gomez said.

Gomez could not confirm what time the incident may have occurred. Gomez says they sent a female employee into the bus to help the bus drivers clean up.

There are no cameras on the North side of the building where the buses were parked.

"The buses had Texas Tech emblems written on the doors as well as Wreck 'Em Tech written on the windows," Gomez said. "It was easy to get the writing off but the smell coming from inside the bus was strong."

Texas Tech officials are investigating the incident, but there have been no reports filed with Lubbock police or the Department of Public Safety.

KCBD NewsChannel 11 contacted the Department of Public Safety and the Lubbock Police Department on Monday, but both have denied receiving a report related to the incident.

"We have absolutely nothing on it. Not one report was received related to this incident, nor do we have any pictures," DPS Corporal John Gonzalez said.

LPD Spokesman Sgt. Jonathan Stewart said "We have no reports of the incident."

Texas Tech Athletic Director Blayne Beal says Texas A&M notified them of the incident and they are looking into it.

"We are currently investigating the incident as we speak," Beal said, "but neither I nor anyone else in this office has seen a police report or photo related to the allegations. It is to our understanding that no police report was filed."

Texas Tech Communications Director Chris Cook said, "It's unfair and unfortunate that our students were immediately pinpointed as the culprits in this alleged incident - it's unfounded,"

The Charter America Bus Company that owns the buses say they have "no comment" on the incident.

Texas A&M Athletic Director Bill Byrne tweeted: "Someone vandalized our buses in Lubbock. Excrement inside and outside of buses plus spray painted vulgarities on outside. Classy."

Texas Tech is describing the incident as a "prank" and not an act of vandalism.

Texas Tech Student Body President Tyler Patton wrote a letter to Texas Tech University President Guy Bailey Sunday saying the University "should take a more proactive approach in calling this for what it is: unverifiable allegations puffed up by our conference rivals to further reduce our credibility as a student body and as a university."

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