PA Capitol Police Won't Change procedures After Vandalism

Cheryl Sanders
February 14, 2017

Joe Scarnati, says a man gained access to the Capitol early Sunday and sprayed a fire extinguisher in the hallways by the Senate's offices and chambers.

The state Senate closed Monday following the incident, in which Capitol police allege 27-year-old Ryan Stump slipped into the building through a window before emptying a standard-size fire extinguisher all over first-floor walls and floors in the Senate wing.

He was apprehended by Pennsylvania Capitol Police after a brief foot chase.

"Somehow he ended up in a fight and he ended up here", Capitol Police Deputy Superintendent Kevin Brown said Monday.

Stump told officers "he was in town for the weekend, having a good time with his girlfriend".

Stump was charged with the with burglary, criminal trespass and other charges.

Mr. Stump's spree was captured on security cameras, according to Drew Crompton, the top lawyer for Republicans who control the Senate.

Stump was in the Capitol for approximately 10 to 15 minutes before a Senate security guard heard him making noise and called police. Brown said he was not aware of anyone trying to break into the Capitol in the past. He then proceeded to damage the Senate side of the building, the release states. Other than reviewing protocols, he doesn't see any reason for Capitol police to change their methods. Brown said the damage to hallways and offices had already been cleaned up.

CNN reports that at least four floors were affected, and the damage will reportedly cost the Capitol between $10,000 and $30,000. The Senate staffer said there will be an effort made to seek restitution for the damage caused.

Other reports by iNewsToday