A Dyersville man has been arrested for vandalizing the Field of Dreams in Dyersville.
The Dyersville Police Department arrested Austin Pape, 20, on charges of 2nd Degree Criminal Mischief (Class D Felony) and Reckless Driving (Simple Misdemeanor). He faces up to 5 years in prison and a fine of up to $8,125 if convicted.
Pape turned himself into the Dubuque County Sheriff's Office on February 1. He appeared in court shortly after.
The Field of Dreams Movie Site issued the following statement following Pape's arrest:
"We are thankful to the Dyersville Police Department for their detective work this past week that helped secure closure to the mystery of who vandalized our beloved ball diamond. Austin Pape, 20, of Dyersville was charged with second-degree criminal mischief and reckless driving. He turned himself into the Dubuque County Sheriff's Office this morning. As a community, as #DreamNation, we ask for all of you to join us in forgiving him for his actions. We ask you to join us in sending loving kindness to Austin whose poor judgment led him to our Field last week. Perhaps he is hurting in some way ... perhaps he is seeking significance in some way ... whatever the reason, we invite you to move forward.
"We invite you to look ahead to spring and to the healing of our Diamond carved in the heart of the fabric of America's pasttime. We feel the love and protection of your sentiments and your incredible outpouring of support this past week. We are humbled by your response and look forward to celebrating all the blessings that have emerged from this unfortunate situation. We are united in baseball, in hope and in the message of "Field of Dreams" -- of second chances and redemption."
The Field of Dreams was
raised thousands of dollars for the movie site, which will have to make repairs after the damage.
The Field of Dreams is a baseball field just outside of Dyersville. It was the site of the 1989 movie of the same name, starring Kevin Costner, James Earl Jones, and Ray Liotta.
In 2017, the Field of Dreams was added to a part of the National Film Registry. To be on the list, a movie must be at least 10 years old and be "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant within American film heritage."