Boise woman charged with vandalism at peaceful protest at Idaho Statehouse, 2nd arrest made in separate incident
Idaho State Police arrested an 18-year-old Boise woman on Wednesday for allegedly vandalizing on the front of the Idaho State Capitol.
Police arrested Daisy Shannon Heatherly without incident and did not disrupt those peacefully protesting, ISP said in a news release.
Police said as protesters begin gathering at about 7 p.m. at the Idaho Statehouse, a concerned citizen alerted Capital Mall Security after finding blue spray paint on the columns and front facade of the south side of the Capitol, the Jefferson Street side.
Idaho State Police, with the assistance of Boise Police, soon discovered evidence that led to the identification of the suspect. The suspect was located still in the area of the Statehouse and was taken into custody without incident.
"The Idaho Capitol building is a symbol of hope and resolve to all Idahoans and a backdrop for dozens of peaceful protests each year," said ISP Captain Matthew Sly. "The voices of peaceful protesters cannot be overshadowed by the criminal acts of the very few. Yet those who intentionally do damage to the house owned by all the people of Idaho will be called to account for their actions."
Heatherly was charged with felony malicious injjury to property. The damage done to the Statehouse is in excess of $1,000.
The Idaho State Police have also identified two teenage juveniles who appear to have been with the suspect Heatherly when the damage was done. As the investigation continues, additional charges could be filed against the involved juveniles.
In a separate incident later in the protest, an Idaho State Police Trooper witnessed a woman take a flag out of the hands of another protester. The flag taken was one of several specialty flags carried by protesters during last nights demonstration.
Police arrested Madison Lee Allen, 18, of Boise, and charged her with
misdemeanor petit theft, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and resisting and obstructing officers.
Idaho State Police Col. Kedrick Wills has been at the Statehouse during several demonstrations and says the vast majority of those assembled were respectful and cooperative with Troopers and Officers.
"Idahoans have a long history of peaceful assembly at our State Capitol and our Troopers have protected tens of thousands of protesters over the years allowing their voices to be heard," Will's said. "It's the Idaho way to treat others with respect and enact change through cooperation. We appreciate those who are showing that respect to their fellow protesters, the community, and to the Troopers and Officers tasked with protecting them."