Video Catches 'Appalling' Act by Lake Mead Vandals

Authorities are seeking public's help in identifying suspects who toppled ancient Nevada rocks
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 15, 2024 10:55 AM CDT
Video Catches 'Appalling' Act by Lake Mead Vandals
Stock photo of Lake Mead National Recreation Area.   (Getty Images/Doug Michaels)

Park rangers are asking the public to help them identify two men spotted on video vandalizing ancient protected rock formations at Nevada's Lake Mead National Recreation Area. The AP reports that the suspects appear in footage shot in the late afternoon on April 7, along the park's Redstone Dune Trail. In the video, the perpetrators can be seen pushing pieces of sandstone to the ground, with a young girl heard screaming in the background, "Daddy, don't fall!" per KVVU.

"It's one of my favorite places in the park and they're up there just destroying it. I don't understand that," park spokesman John Haynes tells KVVU, calling the vandalism "appalling" and noting that it "almost feels like a personal attack." Haynes adds that the damage can't be fixed, and that the men could face felony charges that may land them behind bars and facing a hefty fine if convicted.

Officials say that if anyone witnesses similar vandalism at any of the National Park Service's sites and can safely record the damage being done, or even a picture of a license plate or other identifying information, to do so. KVVU showed the video of the Lake Mead vandals to park visitors, and one woman had an especially scathing reaction: "I believe in Darwin. They should have gone down with the rock." Authorities are asking anyone with information on the incident to submit a tip by calling 888-653-0009, or by emailing (More Lake Mead stories.)

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