Man arrested for smashing heart sculpture in downtown Spokane, charged with Malicious Mischief

The man police arrested for smashing at least one heart sculpture in downtown Spokane appeared before a superior court judge Thursday afternoon.

Vonnelliott Mitchell, 28, was officially charged with 2nd Degree Malicious Mischief. A judge set his bond at $10,000.

According to court records, Mitchell used a six-foot wooden stick to hit the heart-shaped artwork located between Wall and Howard. Records say when police confronted Mitchell on Wednesday, he "tensed his body, argued, and refused to place his arms behind his back."

Court documents also say police located Methamphetamine on Mitchell.

The Ronald McDonald House placed more than two-dozen heart fixtures throughout downtown Spokane as a charity fundraiser. Individual artists, including Karen Bobley, painted the hearts.

"It's disappointing but I don't think it's that surprising," said Mobley. "I'm actually surprised it got broken rather than maybe someone went after it with a Sharpie or a can of spray paint or something."

A peacock-themed heart located outside The Historic Davenport Hotel was reported vandalized Thursday. It's the fifth heart to be smashed since they went on display about a week ago. Surveillance video from the Fox Theatre shows another sculpture being pushed over by a group of people. It's unknown if Mitchell is connected to this video.

A spokesperson with the Ronald McDonald House says people or businesses can sponsor the heart fixtures for $3,000. Additionally, once the artwork is pulled off the streets in February it will be auctioned off. The Ronald McDonald House estimates they will go for $1,000 to $5,000 each. That money and the sponsorship money will go back to the Ronald McDonald House.

The Ronald McDonald House says they may move some of hearts indoors to prevent this from continuing to happen.

Mitchell's next court date is on Nov. 21 at 9:00 a.m.    

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