Arrest made after windows smashed at party headquarters

2:58 PM, Aug 25, 2009   |    comments
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Denver Police say an officer was driving by the building, located at 777 Santa Fe Drive, around 2:20 a.m. and spotted two men with hammers smashing the windows.

The officer made his presence known, but police say that's when the two men hopped on their bicycles and tried to get away.

The officer followed the men until one veered off and the officer could only follow one of the suspects.

That man, 24-year-old Maurice Schwenkler, who was wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt, a shirt over his face, jeans and latex gloves, was taken into custody a few blocks away. Police are still looking for the other man.

Damage to the building is estimated at $10,000. Police say they're trying to figure out what motivated the men to commit the crime.

Officials with the Democratic Party, however, think the vandals had a specific target: the posters stating the party's position on health care reform and images of President Obama.

"It's unfortunate that people feel they must resort to violence and vandalism to get their point across," Pat Waak, chair and executive director of the Colorado Democratic Party, stated in a news release. "There are more constructive ways to discuss the health care insurance reform debate that lead to solutions. This is the most important debate in our lifetime and affects the lives of almost every citizen. We want to hear from everyone in a peaceful, civil way."

Waak says they're grateful it happened when it did, because no one was injured and the police were able to apprehend a suspect.

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