Police have charged a man they allege broke windows on the State House grounds early Sunday.
Ernest Rodney Thompson, 46, was charged with damage to state property and taken to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center, according to Sherri Iacobelli, a spokeswoman for the S.C. Department of Public Safety.
Two Bureau of Protective Services officers were on routine patrol on State House grounds around 4 a.m. Sunday when they saw a man coming down the south steps of the State House, Iacobelli said. The man, later identified as Thompson, was “speaking loudly to the officers” and walking toward them with a piece of wood in his hand.
The officers gave commands to the man to stop and drop the object, Iacobelli said. One of the officers presented a Taser, but it was not used.
The suspect was compliant, and after being handcuffed, admitted he busted windows on the east side of the State House grounds, the entrance to the lieutenant governor’s office, Iacobelli said. The suspect also allegedly told officers he broke windows on vehicles parked on Main Street, according to law enforcement. That damage was reported to the Columbia Police Department.
Iacobelli said that two glass panes on doors going into the east side of the building were broken, and that the eastside steps would be closed to visitors while repairs were being made.