Chandler police arrested two Arizona Cardinals fans who they say burned messages in the front lawn of Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb’s Chandler residence a day before the NFC Championship game.
Police were able to track down the pair after they discovered a sticker containing the home address of one of the men on a cardboard sign left in McNabb’s yard.
Rex Michael Perkins, 37, of Chandler, and Ryan Hanlon, 29, of Gilbert, were arrested on suspicion of criminal damage on Sunday after police questioned Perkins about the sign that said: “Go Cards” on one side and “Beat Philly” on the other, Chandler police said.
Perkins and Hanlon also allegedly poured diesel fuel in McNabb’s yard in the 4100 block of South Purple Sage Drive to read: “Go Kurt,” and “Go Cards,” causing an estimated $2,000 in damage, Chandler police Sgt. Joe Favazzo said.
“They thought it would be funny,” Favazzo said. “They were doing it as more of a prank.”
McNabb had arrived home on Thursday to find an Arizona Cardinals flag in his front yard, and he thought it was funny, and he took it in stride, Favazzo said.
When police discovered Perkins’ address sticker on the cardboard box, officers questioned him at the station, and Hanlon later came into the station on his own, Favazzo said.
“It seems as though these two guys wanted to be funny, and when that address sticker was noticed, that’s how they got caught,” Favazzo said.