DPS arrests suspect in Austin for felony criminal mischief, damage caused to State Capitol

These are some of the suspects photographed in the State Capitol vandalism, according to Texas DPS.

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

During the incident, a number of protesters 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, DPS Special Agents obtained an arrest warrant for Keegan Dalton Godsey, 23, of Austin, Texas. 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. This incident occurred during a protest at the State Capitol on Saturday, 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. (Please see the photos below for individuals wanted in connection with this crime.) 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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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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