February 01, 2018 04:06 PM
(ABC 6 News) - A 20-year-old Dyersville man has been arrested and charged for allegedly damaging the Field of Dreams in late January.
According to the Dyersville Police Department, Austin Pape turned himself into the Dubuque County Sheriff's Office on February 1.
He's charged with 2nd-degree Criminal Mischief, a felony, and reckless driving, a simple misdemeanor.
The field was the site of the 1989 movie named Field of Dreams starring Kevin Costner, James Earl Jones, Ray Liotta and more.
In 2017 the field was added to a part of the National Film Registry.
The Field of Dreams Movie Site issued this statement on the incident and Pape's arrest:
We are thankful to the Dyersville Police Department for their detective work this past week that helped secure closure to the mystery of who vandalized our beloved ball diamond. Austin Pape, 20, of Dyersville was charged with second-degree criminal mischief and reckless driving. He turned himself into the Dubuque County Sheriff's Office this morning. As a community, as #DreamNation, we ask for all of you to join us in forgiving him for his actions. We ask you to join us in sending loving kindness to Austin whose poor judgment led him to our Field last week. Perhaps he is hurting in some way ... perhaps he is seeking significance in some way ... whatever the reason, we invite you to move forward.
We invite you to look ahead to spring and to the healing of our Diamond carved in the heart of the fabric of America's pasttime. We feel the love and protection of your sentiments and your incredible outpouring of support this past week. We are humbled by your response and look forward to celebrating all the blessings that have emerged from this unfortunate situation. We are united in baseball, in hope and in the message of "Field of Dreams" -- of second chances and redemption.
Updated: February 01, 2018 04:06 PM
Created: February 01, 2018 03:35 PM
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