Angry boyfriend broke into art museum and destroyed $5MILLION worth of artwork was ‘angry at his girl’
Angry boyfriend broke into art museum and destroyed $5MILLION worth of irreplaceable old artwork because he was ‘angry at his girl’
- Brian Hernandez, 21, smashed the front door of the Dallas Museum of Art and did the same with up to $5 million worth of ancient artifacts
- Two of the artifacts were a pair of ancient Greek pots from the 6th century BC, the pair of which alone could be worth $5 million
- Hernandez called 9-11 on himself from the museum before being stopped by security, confessing his crimes to arresting officers
A man, 21, broke into an art museum and destroyed $5 million worth of irreplaceable ancient Greek artifacts after an argument with his girlfriend.
Brian Hernandez, 21, was apprehended by guards during his tantrum Wednesday night at the Dallas Museum of Art, Texas.
He later told the Dallas Police Department that he had decided to destroy the precious ancient artwork because he “was mad at his girl.”
Hernandez destroyed at least three ancient Greek artifacts that had survived 2,500 years before he went along.
He also destroyed a contemporary Native American piece, a Greek cup from about 540 BCE and the glass front door of the museum.
Early estimates of Hernandez’s wrath were $5,153,000.
Brian Hernandez, 21, was arrested after destroying $5 million worth of art and ancient artifacts at the Dallas Museum of Art
Two of the items destroyed by Hernandez, both dating back to the 6th century BC, ancient Greece. The pair alone could be worth up to $5 million
The frenzy began around 9:40 p.m. Wednesday evening, when Hernandez smashed open the glass front door of the museum with a metal chair.
Police say surveillance footage shows Hernandez using a crutch to take apart two display cases and numerous old artifacts. Two of those pieces were a pair of pots worth $5 million together.
At one point, he grabbed a contemporary piece of Native American ceramic effigy worth $10,000 and slammed it on the floor where it shattered into pieces. He also slaughtered an ancient Greek cup worth $100,000.
“The items in the display cases that were destroyed are rare ancient artifacts that are extremely precious and unique,” the police said in an affidavit.
Kylix with black figures destroyed by Hernandez worth $100,000, dating to the 6th century BC
A contemporary Native American effigy flask valued at approximately $10,000. Security footage shows Hernandez lifting the item and throwing it on the floor
In addition to the damaged artifacts, Hernandez destroyed a telephone, a computer and a bank.
A security guard found Hernandez in the entrance hall of the museum after a motion-detection sensor went off. When the guard asked Hernandez what he was doing, he replied that “he got mad at his girl, so he broke in and started destroying property.”
Police say Hernandez also called 9-11 on himself from the museum. Police arrived at the scene around 10:10 p.m.
Hernandez was arrested and confessed to his crimes to officers, according to police.
Museum director Agustín Arteaga said in a statement Thursday that the museum is working with insurers to assess the damage and that the estimate could be lower than the initial figure of $5 million.
“We expect the actual total could be a fraction of the original $5 million estimate,” he said.
The museum was open Thursday, while some of the damaged areas of Hernandez remained closed while the investigation continues.
Dallas police outside the Dallas Museum of Art after Hernandez broke in and destroyed the art and artifacts
The smashed glass front door of the museum. To the right, the metal chair with which Hernandez started his frenzy…