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Man indicted for vandalizing Cleveland Browns' playing field at FirstEnergy Stadium appears in court

Anthony O'Neal was arraigned in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court.

CLEVELAND — The man indicted for breaking into FirstEnergy Stadium in November and damaging the field with his vehicle, was arraigned Tuesday in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court.

A judge set a personal bond at $2,500 for 21-year-old Anthony O'Neal.

O’Neal was indicted on charges of vandalism and breaking and entering earlier this month after police say he drove to the stadium in a red vehicle, climbed over a fence and entered the facility on the night of Monday, Nov. 21. 

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Once inside the stadium, O'Neal is alleged to have gotten into a second vehicle, a Ford F-150 pickup truck and drove it onto the playing field. He then made several circular motions with the truck, causing damage. Police then say O'Neal eventually left the stadium by climbing back over the fence and driving away in his red vehicle. 

"We take pride in the strong reviews and reputation of our stadium's playing surface," the Browns said at the time in a statement following the incident. "We have been in touch with the NFL on the matter and are confident after repair our field will be ready for Sunday's game vs. the Tampa Buccaneers."

There is no word yet on O'Neal's next court date.

Editor's Note: The following video is from a previous, unrelated report.


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