Police Release Photo Of State Capitol Vandalism Suspect As Investigation Continues

Feb 4, 2019
Originally published on February 4, 2019 5:16 pm

Denver police have released a photo of the person suspected of damaging several bronze busts at the State Capitol late last month.

Police spokesman Jay Casillas said Monday investigators are still working to find him.

Investigators are asking anyone who can identify the person in the photo to call crime stoppers at 720-913-STOP.

The photo was taken from a security camera inside the Capitol at the time of the crime.

The vandalism occurred around 2:28 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 27. The damage at the Capitol was discovered after firefighters responded to a fire alarm in the building a few hours later.

The Colorado State Patrol oversees security at the Capitol, which was closed to the public at the time of the vandalism.

Last week, Capt. Daniel Haley told CBS Denver the suspect threw some of the busts over a second-floor railing. Video of the aftermath showed the sculptures of former lawmakers lying face down on the floor with some pieces broken off. Police also said marble pedestals were damaged and glass on a cabinet was smashed.

“There were busts from both Republicans and Democrats that were attacked,” Haley told CBS4. “It was very random. And there was no spray paint, no graffiti, no message left, and no real motive that would say why this crime actually occurred.”

The day after the damage was discovered, new ropes and signs marked the employee entrances and exits inside the Capitol, indicators of tightened security following the incident.

Casillas said police did not find any signs of forced entry.

Police still did not have an estimate on Monday on the cost of all the damage.

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