BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A Buffalo man was arrested and is accused of throwing a brick at the Buffalo FBI office on Wednesday afternoon, the U.S. Attorney said.
The incident happened around 12:45 p.m. Wednesday. 43-year-old Octavio Smith of Buffalo allegedly threw the brick multiple times at the lobby window, breaking it. Smith was detained by FBI security guards without further incident. Authorities say Smith said he did it to “get the FBI’s attention. Damage was estimated at $5,000.
Interior screens prevented Smith from getting into the building. Nobody was hurt.
Smith is charged with destruction of government property, which carries a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
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