Crime & Courts

Multiple windows broken at state office building and others in Midtown Anchorage

Authorities are investigating an incident that left multiple broken windows and other damage Friday morning at a state office building and at least two others in Midtown Anchorage.

Police responded to the Anchorage Legislative Building on West Benson Boulevard just before 8 a.m. Friday for reports of vandalism, according to an Anchorage Police Department spokeswoman. The damage was discovered when an employee showed up for work, according to spokeswoman Amanda Brimanis.

Numerous broken windows were visible around the perimeter of the ground floor, as well as a few on higher levels. Signs posted on the ground floor warned of broken glass.

State officials described the incident as “an unfortunate act of random vandalism” when asked if the damage was thought to be targeting anyone in the building.

“Thankfully, no one was injured and cleanup has begun,” Jessica Geary, executive director of the Legislative Affairs Agency, said in an email.

The building houses offices for state officials including members of the Alaska Legislature, and also Wells Fargo bank, Geary said.

Similar damage was reported in at least two other buildings in the area, police said.


Officers responded to a business in the 3000 block of Minnesota Drive just before 2 a.m. Friday for reports of a broken window noticed by an employee, Brimanis said in an email. “The employee believed an object had been thrown at the window.”

While searching the area, officers also noticed a broken window at a building across the street and found a broken window with a rock below it, she said.

No charges had been filed in any of the incidents as of Friday afternoon, police said.