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Police arrest suspect in Louisiana courthouse vandalism

3 years 7 months 6 days ago Thursday, January 03 2019 Jan 3, 2019 January 03, 2019 7:24 AM January 03, 2019 in News
Source: Associated Press
Photo: Nola.com/The Times-Picayune

COVINGTON, La. (AP) - Police have arrested a man accused of using a pickax to smash windows at a courthouse in Louisiana.

Covington Police detective Edwin Masters told news outlets that 43-year-old Harlan Cyprian of Covington was arrested at his home around noon Wednesday. Masters said Cyprian is being charged with felony criminal damage to property, terrorizing, and resisting arrest with force or violence.

Investigators say someone attacked the St. Tammany Parish courthouse Sunday night. Police had gone to Cyprian's home to arrest him for making threats against law enforcement on social media and say they found evidence that suggested he had broken windows at the courthouse.

Masters said video evidence also helped identify Cyprian as a suspect in the vandalism. It was not known if he has an attorney.

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