Authorities charge woman with vandalizing state Capitol

Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at 6:06pm

Vandalism charges were filed Tuesday against a woman suspected of spray-painting graffiti on the walls of the state Capitol.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol issued an arrest warrant for Barbara Ann Smith, 37, who is jailed in Rutherford County on charges of vandalizing government property near the Murfreesboro public square. Murfreesboro police said Smith took responsibility for the vandalism at both places.

“I am proud of the work our Criminal Investigation Division put into this case. Initially, there was not much information to go on, but they followed up several leads and, ultimately, solved the case,” Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons said.

In the early morning hours of June 19, state troopers on duty at the state Capitol discovered graffiti spray painted on the exterior walls of the building. The graffiti included hand-drawn pentagrams and the words “RIP TONY AL” and “WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE” spray painted in black. Surveillance video showed a hooded suspect near the scene.

“The state Capitol is the people’s house, and the c’s Capitol Security Unit is committed to securing it.  We have taken increased steps to help ensure the safety of the building and those who work and visit there,” Gibbons added.

8 Comments on this post:

By: 4gold on 7/13/11 at 5:33

Give the woman a toothbrush and tell her to start cleaning it up. It should be a fun job in this 100 degree weather. See how much fun she thinks that is.

Go Dores, Preds, Titans! Go Nashville a great place to live!

By: Moonglow1 on 7/13/11 at 6:40

Moonglow1: I wonder if this person needs professional help. From the tone of the article it sounds like she has mental health issues. I hope our police force & homeland security will be as diligent in attacking our gang issue in TN.

By: Kosh III on 7/13/11 at 6:42

How about arresting the person who carved her initials into her desk? O wait! she's a GOP Representative and can do no wrong.

By: Moonglow1 on 7/13/11 at 7:13

Moonglow1: Homeland Security is a Bush-Cheney legacy: protect the homeland at all costs-frisk old ladies and kids at airports & stamp out graffiti.

By: cityjvtao on 7/13/11 at 7:49

I have to agree with Kosh about now going after another person who admitted she vandalized state property, that person being State Representative Julie Hurley. Regardless of whether or not Ms. Hurley prefers to discuss the matter, if law enforcement officials refuse to go after her, then there is truly a double standard. Her carving her initials into her desk in the state house of representatives is clearly a violation of law.

By: localboy on 7/13/11 at 8:21

Now now folks, a sense of proportion, please.

By: GUARDIAN on 7/13/11 at 9:20

GUARDIAN=The anti-American, pro-terrorist, Israel hating, communist loving traitors have no sense of proportion. it's leftist like these morons who post here that caused many people to hate democrats causing Ms. Hurley, a one term wonder, to get elected over a close friend of mine. Democrats are not all traitors but all traitors call themselves democrats because they can't stand being called what they are.

By: Nitzche on 7/14/11 at 5:15

the aclu will represent her...wait a minute, must confess to be muslim, hate republicans, the south, all religions except islam...then da on board....bring on the hate