DPS arrests suspect in Austin for damage caused to State Capitol


On Tuesday, June 23, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) arrested a suspect in connection with the vandalism and damage caused to the Texas State Capitol during a protest on May 30.

During the incident, a number of protestors intentionally damaged the historic Texas State Capitol building, monuments and fixtures, as well as DPS patrol vehicles. Several DPS Troopers were also injured during the riot.

DPS special agents initiated an investigation, and over the last several weeks, they reviewed hundreds of hours of videos from various media platforms, surveillance camera footage, law enforcement databases and open source information.

As a result of this investigation, the agents obtained an arrest warrant for Keegan Dalton Godsey, 23, of Austin. Godsey was arrested without incident for felony criminal mischief, riot and interference with public duties, and was booked into the Travis County Jail on Tuesday.

Additionally, DPS is working with Capital Area Crime Stoppers to locate several individuals who were captured on video and in photos during an active assault on DPS troopers. That incident occurred during a protest at the State Capitol on May 30 at approximately 3:30 p.m. Several DPS troopers were assaulted, and property was damaged. Anyone with information about this specific event or those involved is urged to contact Capital Area Crime Stoppers.

All tips are guaranteed to be anonymous. Contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 800-893-TIPS (8477) or 512-472-TIPS (8447); online at www.austincrimestoppers.org; or by mobile app: P3 Tips.


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