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Ohio Statehouse Rotunda, Windows Vandalized Following Break-In

Footprints can be seen on the Ohio Statehouse rotunda floor after a man broke into the building and discharged two fire extinguishers early Monday, April 12, 2021.
Karen Kasler
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Ohio Public Radio
Footprints can be seen on the Ohio Statehouse rotunda floor after a man broke into the building and discharged two fire extinguishers early Monday, April 12, 2021.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol says a man broke into the Ohio Statehouse early Monday morning, used a fire extinguisher to spray chemicals on the historic building’s Rotunda floor, and then called 911 seeking medical help.

Columbus police responding to the call Monday found the man outside on the west lawn of the downtown building near the monument to former Ohio governor and president William McKinley.

Lt. Craig Cvetan, a highway patrol spokesman, says the man appeared to be under the influence of drugs and said he was trying to get medical assistance related to his use of illegal narcotics.

The man, who broke three windows getting into and out of the Statehouse, was taken to nearby Grant Medical Center.

The incident remains under investigation and charges are pending.

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