Big Blue Bear vandalism: Charges rejected for man busted in green-paint splashing

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Update: Yesterday, Denver police announced, with a good deal of hoopla, that an arrest had been made in the March 31 vandalism of the Big Blue Bear at the Colorado Convention Center, during which the tourism symbol was splashed with green paint.

Mere hours later, however, the Denver District Attorney's Office decided not to press charges against 21-year-old Joseph Rivas, with officials determining that there wasn't enough evidence against him to guarantee a conviction.

According to 9News, the DPD determined that vandals got onto the convention center's roof using a rope -- very ambitious.

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The paint-splashed bear in a 9News image.
The person or persons responsible then poured the paint on the bear and split without either the one-gallon paint can or the lid, both of which were left on the roof.

Cops were able to trace the paint to a Home Depot on Santa Fe, then to an art studio a mile or so away that just happened to have door painted the same shade of green as the stuff that splattered the ursine statue.

These clues led them to Rivas, who's accused in the police affidavit of changing his story and then hanging up after being asked if he did the dastardly deed. But DA's office spokeswoman Lynn Kimbrough says this circumstantial evidence wasn't enough to convince prosecutors to move forward.

Hence, the matter's been dropped for now, but the investigation continues.

Here's the 9News update on the development, followed by our previous coverage.

Continue for our previous coverage.



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billy_bob_joe_sa
billy_bob_joe_sa

#7 "Embrace the Negative" and yet you fail to mention "Type O Negative". Fire the intern.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

This MUST be Denver's chapter of the 'Al Qaeda's, doing !

Danielle Kekoa
Danielle Kekoa

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John708
John708

I'm surprised! He's not even a cop and he got away with this? Crazy....

Kenny Garcia
Kenny Garcia

It was meant to happen, it's now complete

drsoul420
drsoul420

They should paint the whole thing green.

Kelly Love LY
Kelly Love LY

OH NOO! I love the bear, I tell people about him all the time when describing Denver...But 11,000 dollars to repair?? seriously? You guys will pay for it with more parking tickets...

Christine Stelman
Christine Stelman

Carrie Heaney, somebody turned your favorite blue bear green!

Katie Houck Benson
Katie Houck Benson

his face looks like james holmes, whats up w all these crazy ppl in colorado?

butchmcsnutch
butchmcsnutch

Call your state rep and urge them to oppose driver licenses for illegals to keep more like Rivas out of our state.

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Craig_Houston
Craig_Houston

The fact is not whether you like the art; it's that it's someone else's property and it's illegal and disrespectful and juvenile. How would you like it if somebody splattered some pain all over your brand new swanky ass ugly car? You'd probably be pretty pissed. Throw his Edward Scissorhands wannabe ass in jail and see how much he likes getting shit splattered on him.

Matty Clark
Matty Clark

Rivas? Isn't that the guy from Twilight?

Donkey
Donkey

Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you Donkeyhotay!

FivePointsSteve
FivePointsSteve

Another precious little snowflake.

He needs to reimburse the taxpayers for the money spent to repair the damage, and put his punk ass in jail for a year.

Stephanie Sarad
Stephanie Sarad

dude its art, whether we like it or not. Art invokes a reaction- either good or bad and he definitely got reactions from a lot of people. Its not that big of a deal, the blue bear was painted green OH NO!!!! gimme a break.

Douglas Evans
Douglas Evans

$11,000 in damage? that's in state dollars....which to us normal folk is $100 bucks at Home Depot a couple cans of paint and a ladder. $11,000..... what a f*cking joke!

Doug Hubka
Doug Hubka

Good Work. This jerk needs to spend some time in jail

Christopher C. Faz
Christopher C. Faz

I don't endorse vandalism but if you're going to do it, why the badass blue bear and not that creepy horse at DIA? ;) Seriously, that horse is CREEPY!!! Glad they caught the culprit!

Juan Macias
Juan Macias

Yeah $11000...must be some fancy paint they used

butchmcsnutch
butchmcsnutch

Let's give him in-state tuition and a drivers license!

Kassy Lee
Kassy Lee

would be funny to see the bear covered in dicks hahaha

Michael Stein
Michael Stein

it definitely WOULD be a funny april fools joke

Tim Gamblin
Tim Gamblin

For $11,000.00 I would have taken it off with my fingernails.

Dustin Quinn Branigan
Dustin Quinn Branigan

Damnit, who cares. If I had done it that stupid fucking bear would be covered in dicks. DICKS I TELL YOU!

Thanatos Gross
Thanatos Gross

Did they arrest the guy who gave him that haircut and shirt too?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Danielle Kekoa = insane Konspiracy K00K nonsense


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@butchmcsnutch ... because undocumented aliens can't and don't drive without licenses, eh numbnuts?

Jose
Jose

@Douglas Evans Ya idiot it's not that simple.  The Bear's made of special material, you have to get the paint off first without ruining the structure which requires man hours, lifts (not a simple ladder), solution to lift off and clean and then the paint itself.  I can only imagine the picasso looking house you have as you obviously have no idea what you're talking about.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Douglas Evans Thanks for the post, Douglas. We're going to make it an upcoming Comment of the Day. Thanks for weighing in.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Christopher C. Faz No! Don't vandalize Bluecifer! Thanks for the post, Christopher.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Kassy Lee

49-year-old Robert Rowan, a.k.a. El Dildo Bandito, absconded with 22 colorful ceramic penises that had been hung on a clothesline in the Boulder Public Library as part of an art exhibit on domestic violence. He was mad about an unrelated decision by the library not to hang a large American flag outside for fear it might offend someone. In the penises' place, he left a note: "El Dildo Bandito was here." And a flag.

http://blogs.westword.com/showandtell/2012/01/five_acts_of_art_vandalism_as.php


Donkey
Donkey

@Kassy Lee It would be funny to see you covered in Dicks too.

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