EMU student accused of flooding Halle Library, causing $20,000 damage
An Eastern Michigan University student police said caused a flood at the Halle Library at EMU was arraigned Wednesday on a charge of malicious destruction of property.
Myles Patrick Aten, 21, of Canton was released on a promise to appear after the arraignment at the Washtenaw County Service Center on one charge of malicious destruction of property of $20,000 or more.
Robert Heighes, interim Eastern Michigan University police chief, said Aten is accused of sticking a pencil in a sprinkler head in a bathroom at the library Nov. 2. The sprinkler head broke, flooding a large area of the second floor at the library.
The library was closed for a few hours while the water was cleaned up and the sprinkler head was repaired, Heighes said. Aten faces possible university disciplinary action in addition to the criminal proceeding, Heighes said.
All the damage to the library has been repaired, Heighes said.
A preliminary hearing for Aten is scheduled for Jan. 31.