Vandals strike El Paso County courthouse, other downtown buildings

Published: Sep. 12, 2021 at 8:42 AM MDT|Updated: Sep. 15, 2021 at 10:37 PM MDT
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - Vandals targeted several downtown Springs buildings in the wee hours of Sunday morning, including the El Paso County courthouse and a local law firm.

Calls regarding shattered windows and other damage started trickling into the police department around 3 a.m.

“We have a number of people who live near our office downtown, we have a number of offices, so some of our offices are managed by property management companies. … Our downtown Colorado Springs office is one of those offices, so the management company found out and we have boots on the ground, people as well who work at our firm, who noticed the vandalism right away,” said David McDivitt of McDivitt Law Firm, one of the three buildings police confirmed was hit over the weekend.

Along with McDivitt Law Firm, vandals also racked up thousands in damage at the nearby Atomic Cowboy restaurant and the El Paso County courthouse. Excluding the courthouse, which has not been tallied yet, the cost of the destruction to the businesses comes out to about $10,000, police told 11 News.

“You know, it’s frustrating,” McDivitt said. “We try to be open and accessible for people, and that’s why our main building is on the ground level, so it’s accessible for people. It’s visible. It’s right there on a very busy street, and obviously that part of downtown Colorado Springs is continuing to grow and develop in a really positive way -- but with that seems to come a little extra vandalism from time to time.”

McDivitt says this is the third time in 10 years this has happened there.

“It’s frustrating because it just interferes with our ability to help people, and the time that you spend to repair the windows, get things get boarded up, none of that is conducive to helping our clients out and trying to make a big impact on the community.”

He says its not just his law firm that he is concerned about -- it’s all of the ones targeted as well.

“We all just have to be better neighbors, and so I just ask those people who go out and commit these acts of vandalism to just take a minute, take a breath, and think, ‘How am I helping? How am I improving the lives of somebody else by doing something so destructive?’”

Currently, there is no suspect information.

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