Man, 18, arrested in Port Angeles High School vandalism investigation

PORT ANGELES – An 18-year-old man was arrested Monday and two juveniles were sought in connection with last Saturday’s vandalism rampage at Port Angeles High School.

Christopher Douglas Brogan was arrested and booked into Clallam County jail for investigation of the vandalism, which included more than a dozen fires and dozens of computers and video equipment damaged or destroyed, Port Angeles Police Chief Tom Riepe confirmed.

“We have one in custody, and the detectives are working very hard to get the other ones involved in this crime,” Riepe said.

No further details – including Brogan’s place of residence and connection, if any, to Port Angeles High School – were revealed.

“We are very grateful for all the time [police] have put into this,” Port Angeles School District Superintendent Gary Cohn said of the arrest.

There is still no cost estimate of the damage, much of which was cleaned up Sunday by staff, teachers and volunteers.

The vandals early Saturday entered four buildings on the 33-acre campus, set the fires, destroyed at least two large television sets and broke computers in the library and in a classroom.

Fire crews – summoned by a security alarm – arrived on the scene at 4:30 a.m. Saturday, but most of the fires had already self-extinguished.

But one blaze which consumed much of the faculty mailboxes in an administrative area was put out by the crews.

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