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Man arrested on suspicion of breaking into Lawrence legislator’s Statehouse office

April 5, 2013

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Boarded up window where man broke into state Rep. Tom Sloan's office in the Statehouse.

Boarded up window where man broke into state Rep. Tom Sloan's office in the Statehouse.

Outside view of broken window in state Rep. Tom Sloan's office.

Outside view of broken window in state Rep. Tom Sloan's office.

— A 30-year-old man was arrested Friday for allegedly breaking into the Statehouse office of state Rep. Tom Sloan, R-Lawrence.

Sloan joked before the full House Friday morning that "none of my state secrets were stolen." The suspect probably thought he was breaking into the office of a more influential legislator, Sloan quipped.

Giovanni Ronald Barcelona, of Topeka, was arrested without incident on suspicion of criminal damage to property and criminal trespassing, according to Patrick Saleh, a spokesman for the Capitol Police Department.

The incident occurred at 1:27 a.m. when Capitol Police responded to a glass-break alarm, Saleh said. At 1:29 a.m., they found a man on top of Sloan's desk talking and rambling nonsensically, he said.

Saleh said nothing was stolen from the first-floor office. The large window was broken with a rock. Saleh said police think the break-in was a random act and that there was no connection between the suspect and Sloan.

A large piece of plywood was in place where Sloan's window pane used to be.

Comments

Larry Sturm 1 year, 5 months ago

What if the man would have had a gun. Everybody should have a gun and be able to carry it anywhere they want.

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pace 1 year, 5 months ago

I might of been unclear, You seem to be advocating that everybody should have a gun be able to carry it. I assume you were being silly. I think in a way it is a ironic joke. If you were't being silly I would then assume you are one of the lunatic fringe who think hardened criminals and the seriously deranged should be given guns. Still what a silly thing to say.

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kseagle 1 year, 5 months ago

Another worthless DemoRat trying to get their 15 minutes worth of fame and then try to blame on the other party for their stupidity.

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chootspa 1 year, 5 months ago

You did know Sloan was a Republican, right?

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smileydog 1 year, 5 months ago

Talking and rambling nonsensically ...this guy sounds like a professional since the police were even fooled. Just another crazy guy, no conspiracy here, move along.

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somebodynew 1 year, 5 months ago

With the description of talking and rambling nonsensically, it must have taken the police a good long time to figure out it wasn't just another legislator in the wrong office.

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Charles L Bloss Jr 1 year, 5 months ago

The guy is fortunate that Tom was out of his office, I can tell you that !!

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pace 1 year, 5 months ago

We all would be lucky if Tom was out of the office.

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friendlyjhawk 1 year, 5 months ago

No connection with the representative and the man that broke into his office.....much like all the representatives nonconnection with the people of Kansas.

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