Man damages three Statehouse home windows after ingesting medication


Three windows at the Ohio Statehouse were broken and additional damage was done by a fire extinguisher that a man used to try and gain attention while seeking medical help.

According to the Ohio Highway Patrol, the man broke the first window, which is inside a door, early Monday morning. The man then went inside the Statehouse, used the fire extinguisher inside the Statehouse Rotunda and broke an internal window. A 911 call was placed by the man while he was inside the Statehouse. That 911 call was taken by Columbus police.

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The man, who has not yet been named, then broke another exterior window to exit the building. 

Columbus police officers found the man on the west lawn of the Statehouse near a statue of William McKinley. 

The man was taken to OhioHealth Grant Medical Center for treatment. It is believed the man was having a reaction to illicit substances he had ingested. He remains hospitalized, according to the Highway Patrol.

The incident remains under investigation by the Ohio Highway Patrol and charges are likely.

The glass dome of the Ohio Statehouse rotunda is reflected in a wet floor tile on Monday, April 12, 2021, as workers cleaned up after a man who broke in overnight, breaking windows and and spraying a fire extinguisher before placing a call to 911. The man, who is still hospitalized, told authorities he was

The windows that were damaged are expected to be replaced and were the only damage, aside from residue from the fire extinguisher that was used inside the Statehouse

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On May 28, more than two dozen windows at the Statehouse were damaged by protesters who attempted to gain entry into the building. In June, red paint was used by other protesters to put handprints across the Statehouse steps and walkways.


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