Big Blue Bear vandalism: Charges rejected for man busted in green-paint splashing
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.
Big photos below.
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.
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.
The paint-splashed bear in a 9News image.
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.