DENVER (CBS4) – An 18 year old accused of damaging artwork at the Denver Art Museum last month now faces one count of criminal mischief. Jake Siebenlist was identified as the suspect.

Jake Siebenlist (credit: CBS)

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At first, Denver Art Museum staff estimated the damage at more than $1.9 million.  After further review, the value of the art damaged is now estimated at less than $100,000 based partly on the determination that nearly all of the objects can be repaired.

Witnesses tell police they saw Siebenlist push over a glass case with art inside and pushed it over. He then pushed other patrons out of the way and threw sculptures across a room according to police documents.
Patrons also tell police Siebenlist tried to push over two paintings but could not because they were protected by glass.

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“It’s hard for us to understand why this happened,” museum director Christoph Heinrich said in December. “It was objects mostly from the pre-Columbian collection, modern and contemporary and one object from the Asian collection. The pre-Columbian objects were ceramic vessels and the Chinese object was a 19th century vase.”

The arrest affidavit released in the case doesn’t provide any clues as to why the suspect vandalized the exhibit.

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Siebenlist is due in court March 14 to enter a plea in the case.