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Alleged State Capitol Vandal Arrested for Second-Degree Burglary

Alleged State Capitol Vandal Arrested for Second-Degree Burglary
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A man accused of wreaking havoc on furniture and art in the State Capitol has been arrested on charges of second-degree burglary. Elias Anthony Dominguez, 26, allegedly broke into the Capitol on January 27, then destroyed a chair and glass display cabinets, overturned two statues and threw items off the second-story balcony.

Elias Anthony Dominguez has been charged with vandalism at the Capitol.
Elias Anthony Dominguez has been charged with vandalism at the Capitol.
Denver Police Department

Surveillance footage shows Dominguez (or a man who looks a lot like him) wearing a black coat and entering the Capitol through a faulty security door on January 27. The man rummaged through various items, according to the arrest warrant, before breaking a bust, activating a fire extinguisher and throwing items off the balcony.

The vandal injured his hands during the burglary and contaminated the scene with his blood. He even waved to an elevator camera before leaving the Capitol.

Responding officers found Dominguez's coat on the premises; in it was a cell phone that contained a message "with the name 'Elias' that was viewed in plain sight on the front portion of the screen," according to the arrest warrant.

After his arrest, Dominguez appeared before a judge in Denver County Court on February 7. 

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