COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) — $275,000 worth of damage: it’s what investigators said you see unfold in videos they shared with ABC6/FOX28 from the night of May 30.
"Actually shows them breaking into the place, as well as lighting a couch on fire," said Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien.
It’s an outright shame, according to Prosecutor O'Brien, to see the Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health (ADAMH) of Franklin County building damaged.
The organization is focused on helping the community.
"Those that were exercising their protected right to protest, it is people like Mr. Johnson who are engaged in violent conduct that have caused a negative perception of those that are just there to protest," he said.
Investigators with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office said this started with a tip regarding social media posts. Detectives then scrubbed through social media for clues.
"Investigators went back out to the crime scene and were able to identify what appeared to be blood evidence at the scene and with the help of BCI they were able to identify a suspect," said Chief Deputy Rick Minerd.
That suspect is Brandon Johnson who was handed a $1.5 million bond by a judge Tuesday for an arson charge. Johnson's legal representation in court said he has a good address on file.
ABC6/FOX28 is told there could be more charges.
"We've also identified him as having some connection with potentially throwing some molotov cocktails at officers in the area," said Chief Deputy Minerd.
Erika Clark Jones, CEO, ADAMH Board of Franklin County sent this statement and information about how you can access services:
"The majority of the costs to repair the building damages will be covered by ADAMH’s property insurance policy. The ADAMH building was temporarily closed due to the pandemic and is currently closed to the public. However, community behavioral health providers are open and crisis services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week by ADAMH providers."
Jones said crisis and emotional support services are available for adults through Netcare at 614-276-2273 and for people under 17 through Nationwide Children's Hospital at 314-722-1800.
All ADAMH staff continue to work remotely at this time.
"Let's face it, that's the backbone of a number of services here in the Central Ohio area," said Minerd.
There are others in the video investigators are looking to identify.
If you know anything about this or other incidents, you're asked to reach out.