HAMILTON COUNTY, Tenn. – A Franklin man has been charged with breaking into and vandalizing an elementary school in east Tennessee.
WDEF in Chattanooga reported 22-year-old Aaron Roden was charged with burglary, vandalism, and two counts of aggravated assault on law enforcement following the incident early Tuesday morning.
The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office said he broke into Westview Elementary in Chattanooga around 5 a.m. Deputies responded within 10 minutes of the silent burglar alarm being triggered.
Once inside, they confronted Roden who allegedly became very violent toward the law enforcement officers when they attempted to take him into custody.
In the short time he was inside the school, school leaders said Roden caused $60,000 worth of damage.
Authorities said he destroyed several ceiling fixtures and lights, and broke classroom windows and mirrors throughout the school. He also alleged knocked over toys, supplies, desks and chairs.
He smashed a urinal and a toilet, and also allegedly emptied every fire extinguisher in the hallways.
Due to the damage, school leaders canceled classes Tuesday so authorities could secure the building while crews worked to repair the damage. School was set to resume Wednesday.
Roden was taken to Erlanger Medical Center, where he remained under guard with an unknown medical condition.
WDEF said he had been arrested last Monday by Chattanooga Police on an aggravated assault charge. He was out on bond at the time of Tuesday’s incident.
Investigators were trying to determine motive, including why he targeted Westview.
The Chattanooga Times Free Press reported that Roden’s father, Michael, works as an assistant U.S. attorney at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Nashville. The paper said he declined to comment Tuesday.