The museum is working with insurers and curators to find out what could be restored and the price of the damages, however officers mentioned the entire might be a lot lower than the $5 million price ticket that was initially reported.
Museum director Agustin Arteaga mentioned in a press release that the “complete assortment is invaluable within the shared experiences and inspiration it supplies to our guests.”
Hernandez’s public defender didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark Friday afternoon.
Authorities mentioned surveillance footage confirmed a person sporting darkish garments stroll towards the doorway Wednesday evening with a metallic chair in his hand. Moments later, he was seen coming into the constructing, the place he instantly started throwing gadgets on the bottom, the police mentioned.
He proceeded to enter a number of displays, allegedly destroying property — at one level, returning to the doorway to retrieve a metallic stool that he used to smash quite a few glass show instances, in line with an arrest warrant affidavit.
In an historical exhibit, he allegedly shattered a show case containing two Greek artifacts — a black-figure panel amphora, a sixth-century B.C. pot, in addition to a red-figure pyxis and lid relationship again to the fifth century B.C., museum officers mentioned. Officers mentioned a second smashed case contained a black-figure kylix, an historical Greek bowl. All three gadgets have been badly broken, the officers mentioned.
Close to the tip of the rampage, he allegedly picked up a hand sanitizer stand and used it to interrupt one other case, then reached inside and grabbed a Native American Batah Kuhuh Alligator Gar Fish Effigy Bottle statue, smashing it on the bottom, in line with an arrest warrant affidavit.
A witness advised police that when Hernandez was discovered by safety and requested what he was doing, he mentioned he “received mad at his lady” so he broke into the museum and began destroying property, the arrest warrant affidavit acknowledged.
Museum officers mentioned he was not armed and nobody was injured.
“This was an remoted incident perpetrated by one particular person performing alone, whose intent was not theft of artwork or any objects on view on the Museum. Nevertheless, some artworks have been broken, and we’re nonetheless within the means of assessing the extent of the damages. Whereas we’re devastated by this incident, we’re grateful that nobody was harmed. The protection of our employees and guests, together with the care and safety of the artwork in our stewardship, are our utmost priorities,” the museum said in a statement.
Hernandez was arrested with out incident on a cost of felony mischief of greater than or equal to $300,000, police mentioned. He’s being held on $100,000 bond, jail records show.