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Man accused of vandalizing Wake County courtroom

Posted September 27, 2012

— Security administrators at the Wake County Courthouse say a homeless man used scissors to destroy property in a vacant courtroom Wednesday morning.

Ricky Dwayne Griffis, 30, was charged with damage to government property and larceny after he allegedly used shears he found in Courtroom 3-C to slice holes in several chairs, including those for jurors, attorneys and the judge.

He also tried to steal law books, authorities said, but Wake County sheriff's deputies caught him before he got out of the building.

Authorities said they don't believe the case is related to any other case or has to do with any particular judge. They think that Griffis found the courtroom empty and took advantage of the opportunity.

Griffis told deputies that he did it because he has mental issues.


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  • kimsstressed Sep 28, 2012

    AirBorne Daddy You can thank the state lawmakers for that. They are continuously cutting the budgets for mental health facilities. I know many owners of facilities that are struggling to stay in business due to these cuts and all of the mandatory changes that come with them... Unfortunately by cutting the mental health funding, they will now have to increase the funding for prisons... There is a direct like between the 2.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Sep 28, 2012

    This man has serious issues to steal right in the court of law. He got what he deserves.

  • ttc248 Sep 28, 2012

    He's homeless. It is going to be cold soon. He most likely did this to get locked up so he will have food and shelter. Don't laugh or sneer. It is happening more each year. Check your local authorities and ask how many repeaters they have coming in this time of year.

  • mattcli Sep 28, 2012

    I guess I don't hang around courthouses enough, but would it be so terrible to lock a courtroom that's not currently in use? I guess that's too much trouble perhaps?

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Sep 28, 2012

    How did he get scissors to do that much damage past the metal detectors???

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Sep 28, 2012


    Thank God no one was in the room but him, otherwise he might have sliced them too.

  • djofraleigh Sep 28, 2012

    If he did this "opportunistic" act at the courthouse, imagine how many other places he did similar things!

  • redapace Sep 28, 2012

    Extremist government hater.

  • ims1924 Sep 28, 2012

    LoveMyLab "Shouldn't they have caught him AS he was entering the building.??????" Caught him for doing what as he entered the building? By law, the building is open to the public.

  • dwntwnboy Sep 28, 2012

    "shouldn't they have caught him AS he was entering the building"- you can go wander around the courthouse all you want for no reason at all. It's an open, public space. As long as you aren't causing a problem or trying to go somewhere you shouldn't, they have no cause to stop or question why you are there. Many people go to the courthouse just to watch cases, you don't have to have business in the courthouse to enter it.