Man who broke courthouse window in SLC claimed to have information ‘the world needed to know’

Posted at 3:44 PM, Oct 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-15 17:44:54-04

SALT LAKE CITY — A man who is facing charges for throwing a rock through the window of a federal courthouse in Salt Lake City told authorities he did it because he has information “the world needs to know.”

According to charging documents, Rex Dean Bagley faces one count of destruction of federal property for an alleged incident that occurred Thursday.

An employee at the courthouse saw Bagley throw a rock through a window near the northeast corner of the U.S. Courthouse at 351 South West Temple in Salt Lake City around 1:10 p.m. Security and police personnel responded and took Bagley into custody.

When questioned about his motive, Bagley told authorities he had posted on social media about what he planned to do. At one point he told authorities he broke the window because he had information that, “the world needed to know.”

Police did not offer specifics about what that information might have been or what sort of social media posts the man had made prior to the alleged act of vandalism. The window will cost between $6,000 and $10,000 to replace, according to the charging documents.