CHAPEL HILL — Police arrested two students Friday in the vandalism of a second CowParade cow on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus.
Ryan Matthew Bradley, 21, of 101 Donna Court, Moyock, N.C., and Ryan William Tyson, 22, of 7 Robinson St., Apt. 5, Binghamton, N.Y., were charged with injury to personal property, a UNC police report said.
Campus police caught them in the act but two more suspects ran away, UNC Police spokesman Randy Young said.
A police report estimated the damage to the cow at $5,000.
The group gained enough leverage to push the “Cow House” cow on its side, despite the block anchoring it to the ground. The cow and block together weighed 400 pounds.
Chapel Hill artist Jane Filer created “Cow House,” sponsored by the Medical Foundation of North Carolina, as part of CowParade North Carolina. Eighty-one cows will be auctioned in January to benefit the N.C. Children’s Hospital. Fifteen are on display in Chapel Hill.
Filer estimated the cow’s value at $7,500 to $10,000, according to a news release. She spent seven days and $400 on materials, including stained glass, plywood and fiberglass to create the house on the cow’s back.
UNC Facilities employees removed the cow Friday afternoon. It will be repaired.
“It was a pure charity project, a labor of love, something I did because I know the money is going to good things for a great cause. I’m just so mad,” Filer said.
Cow House was the second act of vandalism this week on that part of campus.
Late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning, someone stole the bolted-on bowtie on Alexander Moo-lian Bow-vine from outside the UNC Visitors Center near Franklin Street. That cow was created by fashion designer Alexander Julian.
Young said the cases are not thought to be related, and police are still investigating.
The Children’s Hospital is giving the bowtie thief until 5 p.m. Thursday to turn it into the hospital’s front desk, no questions asked. If the bowtie is not returned, a $500 reward will be offered for information leading to an arrest.