Christmas was not too merry for one Little Rock man who was arrested Dec. 25 after he allegedly caused thousands of dollars in damage to rental property along the White River.
Richard E. Brenton II, 26, was arrested and charged with first degree criminal mischief after he claimed responsibility for vandalizing a Sylamore Lodge rental cabin and its contents, said Izard County Deputy Charles Melton.
Melton said at approximately 10 a.m. he met with Sylamore Lodge Cabins manager Debrah Kirk. He said Kirk told him the maintenance worker who was cleaning the cabins discovered damage in the cabin rented to Brenton.
Melton said Kirk led him to Brenton's cabin. When they approached the cabin, Brenton was outside on the porch and appeared to be under the influence, he said.
Once inside the cabin, Melton said there was a couch and mattress stained with blood. The cushions had been thrown from the couch, and the mattress and bedding had been cut with a knife.
The cabin phone was shattered in several pieces, and the microwave was torn apart. The kitchen drawers were pulled from the cabinets with their contents dumped out, and the burners were removed from the stove, he said.
Melton said that in the hall leading to the bedroom and bathroom he found a shattered coffee pot, a shampoo bottle that had been cut open and poured out and a candle broken into several pieces, with baby powder covering the entire mess.
In the bathroom sheetrock from inside the water heater closet was broken out, and the cover for the water heater was removed, Melton said.
When questioned about the destruction, Brenton said he had left the night before, and he returned to find the cabin vandalized, according to Melton. However, as questioning continued, he said Brenton admitted that the damage was his responsibility.
He was arrested and transported to the Izard County Detention Center where he was drug tested.
Brenton immediately admitted he would test positive for marijuana; however, test results also detected cocaine, opiates, THC and methamphetamines in his system, according to Melton.
Brenton has since been released after he posted a $25,000 bond.