A gun, ammo and two bottles of whiskey
Jordan A. King, age 25, released on his own recognizance.
Took a sledgehammer to the Police Memorial. Also busted glass at Lt. Gov. Mendala Barnes’s office in the Capitol.
The Capitol building and grounds superintendent estimated the damage to the memorial at between $15,000 and $50,000. Gouges could be seen in several of the letters of the memorial Thursday afternoon. Damage to the lights and Capitol property totaled between $6,000 and $6,500, according to the superintendent.
King is also alleged to have been caught on video smashing windows at a West Mifflin Street restaurant that is not named in a complaint, causing an estimated $20,000 in damage.
Police say King fled across the Capitol lawn and changed his clothes in an attempt to evade arrest. In addition to the handgun, he had 40 rounds of ammunition and two bottles of whiskey in his backpack and brass knuckles in his pocket, police said. The sledgehammer was also recovered on the Capitol grounds, police said.
King’s supporters had raised more than $5,600 for him through an online fundraiser as of Thursday afternoon; he was released from jail Wednesday on his own recognizance.