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Three WSU athletes suspected of vandalizing cars in Pullman

April 30, 2019

Three Washington State University student-athletes were arrested early Saturday on suspicion of vandalizing two parked vehicles in Pullman.

Football players Christian Haangana and Fa’avae Fa’avae and soccer player Makamae Gormera-Stevens were arrested on suspicion of second-degree malicious mischief, a felony, and then released, Pullman Radio News reported. Prosecutors were considering whether to file charges.

Pullman police Chief Gary Jenkins told the radio station officers received a report of people jumping on a car at an apartment complex along Terre View Drive. They reportedly dented the hood and busted out windows on a sedan and a Mercedes-Benz SUV.

The witness followed the suspects as they drove from the scene, and a Whitman County sheriff’s deputy pulled over the trio on Grand Avenue. Pullman Radio News reported police were unable to discern a motive for the alleged vandalism.

Haangana, 21, is a redshirt junior offensive lineman who played in every game for the Cougars last season. Fa’avae Fa’avae, 19, is a redshirt sophomore linebacker who played in 10 games for the team last fall. Gomera-Stevens, 20, is a sophomore on WSU’s soccer team.