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State Patrol says they know who vandalized the State Capitol

Posted at 7:39 PM, Jan 29, 2019

DENVER – Police in Denver arrested Elias Anthony Dominguez for second-degree burglary in the January 27th break-in at the State Capitol.

On that day, Dominguez entered the State Capitol and broke several bust sculptures, glass display cabinets, chairs, and signage inside the building according to investigators.

First Floor at the State Capitol-Courtesy of Colo. Dept. of Personnel and Administration

Denver Police spokesman Jay Casillas says the damage was discovered when firefighters responded to a fire alarm at about 5 a.m. that Sunday. Casillas says there were no signs of forced entry into the building. The suspect threw busts from the second floor onto the first floor, smashed marble pedestals, destroyed wood chairs and shattered the glass in numerous cabinets. Blood was found smeared on some of the gold railings in the building.

The State Patrol says they do have surveillance video of the suspect and the damage as it happened.  Reportedly, Dominguez may have left behind his coat and cell phone.

As far as how much monetary damage was done is unknown at this time and no estimate is currently available.

The base of Gov. Vanderhoof’s Bust-Photo Courtesy of Colo. Dept. of Personnel and Administration