WATCH: Man scales Texas Capitol, vandalizes painting

Tanner Christian Graeber's Austin police booking photo

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A 22-year-old man has bonded out of jail, but still faces felony charges after breaking into the Texas Capitol and damaging a painting early Sunday morning.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, Tanner Christian Graeber, 22, of Fort Worth, was spotted around 3:27 a.m. by a DPS trooper entering a temporary

Tanner Christian Graeber's Austin police booking photo
Tanner Christian Graeber’s Austin police booking photo

wooden walkway that was in place due to renovations.

Moments later, Graeber was seen climbing the scaffolding on the south side of the building; an area that is restricted to the public. While on the second floor area, DPS says he broke a window and made his way inside illegally.

DPS says Graeber intentionally damaged a portrait of former Governor Fletcher Stockdale, who served in 1865 from May until August. According to the arrest affidavit, Graeber tossed the portrait down three stories breaking the frame as it hit the first floor rotunda. The State Preservation Board says the frame has a value of approximately $10,000.

A trooper and Capitol Security Officer found Graeber inside the Capitol and arrested him without incident.

He was booked into the Travis County Jail and faces charges of burglary and criminal mischief equal to or greater than $2,500 but less than $30,000. According to the Associated Press, he could face up to two years on each charge if convicted. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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