DALLAS – A 21-year-old man who police say broke into the Dallas Museum of Art, destroying $5 million worth of ancient artifacts, said he did it because he was “angry against his daughter.
It happened just before 10 p.m. Wednesday, when a museum spokeswoman said someone had “forced their way into” the museum.
Police later identified the suspect as Brian Hernandez, who was arrested shortly after leaving the scene. He was charged with criminal mischief.
Dallas police said he escaped museum security guards, smashed glass cases and destroyed ancient Greek artifacts, at least one of which dated to 450 BC.
The Dallas Museum of Art is still open to the public, but some parts are closed due to damage.
Many of those who went to the museum on Thursday did not know what had happened until they arrived.
“Honestly, it’s really saddening. I’m a huge fan of DMA, it has such historic art. It’s a tragic event for the entire Dallas community and we hope they can get over it,” said declared Amail Beimenec.
Court documents say CCTV captured a man with a “metal chair” in his hand at the door.
Shortly after a 9-1-1 call from inside the museum, the dispatcher told investigators the person admitted to breaking and entering.
“He was someone who seemed angry, and his goal was to exert his anger by breaking whatever glass he could find,” said Agustin Arteaga of the Dallas Museum of Art.
The responding security guard told police he asked Hernandez why he broke, and Hernandez’s alleged response was that he was mad at his daughter, so he broke in and started destroying property.
The most expensive items destroyed were a 6th-century Greek vase and a red-figure pyxis from 450 BC.
Courtesy of Dallas Museum of Art
“He went through other spaces and didn’t hurt any other work, didn’t touch anything, didn’t intend to steal anything,” Arteaga said. “It was just her anger that made this person do what she did.”
Arteaga said the alleged “girl” Hernandez was angry at is not an employee or associate of the museum.
“We have no connection that we know of, or that person, related to DMA,” Arteaga added.
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The frame protected the actual painting from damage.
Arteaga said there has never been any real damage to the Dallas Museum of Art, until now.
“It’s something we’ve seen recently on a different level, you know, the Mona Lisa attacked at the Louvre. But we have a wonderful 120-year record where we never experience something like this,” he said. -he declares. .
Museum officials believe it was just a man acting.
Other items, such as a laptop and display cases, were also destroyed.