Pleasant Hill man arrested in Iowa State Capitol vandalism case

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Matthew McCoy Parker, 20, of Pleasant Hill was charged with criminal trespass second-degree criminal mischief in connection with the entry and damage to the Iowa State Capitol Building occurring early Sunday.

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation made an arrest Monday in connection with the entry and damage to the Iowa State Capitol Building occurring early Sunday.

Matthew McCoy Parker, 20, of Pleasant Hill was charged with criminal trespass second-degree criminal mischief.

Parker came forward following the distribution of images captured on surveillance cameras inside the Iowa State Capitol Building.

Parker allegedly forcibly gained entry to the Iowa State Capitol Building about 3 a.m. and caused damage. Authorities believed he sustained injuries to his hands and/or arms in the incident.

Parker was held in the Polk County Jail prior to posting bond.

*A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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