A 22-year-old student, Joe Carnevale, took road blocking barrels, cut them and made a monster statue that became an Internet sensation. The “barrel monster” had a wide and toothy grin and was pointing down on cars and motorists passing nearby the university where he is a student. These barrels were owned by a contractor working on a round-a-bout project on Hillsborough Street. Raleigh police seized the barrel monster as evidence on May 31, but they didn’t arrest Joe Carnevale.
He is still facing charges of damage to property and larceny, and will have to be in court on July 21.