Police: Drunk Minnesota man broke into Capitol through window on 5th floor

2012-10-09T19:00:00Z 2014-12-18T13:17:37Z Police: Drunk Minnesota man broke into Capitol through window on 5th floorED TRELEVEN | Wisconsin State Journal | etreleven@madison.com | 608-252-6134 madison.com

Update: The state Department of Administration said Wednesday that Andrew C. Bishop, of Roseville, Minn., smashed a first-floor window to get into the state Capitol before his arrest Sunday. In a criminal complaint against Bishop filed in Dane County Circuit Court Tuesday, police speculated that he scaled the outside of the Capitol and entered through a fifth-floor window. The story below has been updated to reflect this discrepancy.


A Minnesota man was charged Tuesday with felony criminal damage and entry into a locked building for allegedly breaking into the state Capitol early Sunday.

In a criminal complaint filed Tuesday, police speculated that Andrew C. Bishop, 21, of Roseville, Minn., had apparently scaled the outside of the Capitol and smashed a fifth-floor window to get into the building, then grabbed a fire extinguisher and threw it through another window.

The state Department of Administration said Wednesday that Bishop smashed a first-floor window.

When police found him, he appeared to be passed out on a dome outside one of the windows, but woke up and began kicking at the glass, the complaint states.

Asked how he got where he was, Bishop replied, "I don't know." He apologized several times and said he felt like an angel and wanted to fly. Officer Justin Wichman said Bishop was very drunk, the complaint states.

Bishop was jailed on $1,000 bail after appearing in court Tuesday.

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