Pennsylvania Capitol vandalized, Senate offices closed Monday

Stump is charged with felony counts of burglary, criminal trespass, criminal mischief, and institutional vandalism, along with misdemeanors of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct and a summary offense of public drunkenness. Stump was arrested by Pennsylvania Capitol Police after a brief foot chase, according to the release.

It was not immediately clear how the man gained access to the building, which is typically closed at night and requires all visitors to check in with security and go through a metal detector.

Brown said investigators are not sure what motivated Stump. Capitol police have other duties while on 24-hour patrol of the grounds, he said.

Stump told officers "he was in town for the weekend, having a good time with his girlfriend". Brown said he was not aware of anyone trying to break into the Capitol in the past.

"It also permeated into numerous offices that are still now getting cleaned up", Crompton said Monday morning, "so it shot under doors and caused some damage there".

Despite the damage, Capitol police say they won't be rethinking their security plans as a result of the incident.

Offices on four floors of the Senate side were temporarily closed after a Gettysburg man broke in and sprayed a fire extinguisher, potentially damaging historic paintings. On Sunday morning, there were two members of the Capitol police present, along with separate House and Senate security forces. Other than reviewing protocols, he doesn't see any reason for Capitol police to change their methods. "Whether or not they're watching every single camera every second-I really can't get into what they actually do as far as video surveillance and how we monitor things".

He said nothing appears to have been stolen from private offices.

Damage is estimated at $10,000 to $30,000, he said. The Senate staffer said there will be an effort made to seek restitution for the damage caused.

  • Larry Hoffman