AUSTIN — Austin ISD police arrested the person they said smashed about 80 windows at Bowie High School last week, forcing the school to close down Thursday and Friday.
Austin ISD Police Chief Ashley Gonzalez said Thursday investigators took a juvenile into custody and charged the person with criminal mischief: a third-degree felony.
In a surveillance video, the suspect was shown throwing presumed rocks at the glass doors and windows on the campus. The school shut down for two days while contractors worked to make the school operational again, and it reopened on Monday.
Before the arrest, officers reached out to the public for help identifying the person who damaged the South Austin high school and offered a reward for more information.
Austin ISD released the following statement Thursday afternoon:
The Austin ISD Police Criminal Investigations Division has placed a juvenile in custody in relation to the damage to Bowie High School that occurred last week. The juvenile has been charged with criminal mischief, a third-degree felony, which covers damages of $30,000 to $150,000. The investigation is ongoing. We appreciate the community’s help through Capital Area Crime Stoppers and media partners in assisting with the investigation.
AISD on Jan. 3 said temporary repairs were completed before the winter break to ensure safety for students and staff. The final repairs will require a longer process including quotes and scopes of work from contractors before completion.