The Roseburg man arrested for allegedly vandalizing the Douglas County Republican Party Headquarters admitted to at least two prior acts of vandalism after his arrest Wednesday, according to court documents.
Sean Michael O’Grady, 38, admitted not only to vandalizing the Republican headquarters building at 506 Southeast Jackson Street on Nov. 6., but he also said he broke the windows at the building during a previous attack on Oct. 6, according to court documents.
Surveillance photos of the suspect in the Nov. 6 attack showed a bearded man wearing a dark jacket with jeans rolled up at the ankle, holding an extendable pole with a can of spray paint attached. At the bottom of the pole was a trigger to disperse the paint, commonly used among commercial painters to access hard-to-reach areas.
The investigating officer believed the suspect to be O’Grady and took the short drive to the man’s home on Southeast Washington Avenue, a 5-minute walk from the Republican headquarters. While observing the property, the officer reported seeing the same extension pole leaning against the garage at O’Grady’s residence.
The officer contacted O’Grady, who eventually admitted to the vandalism. O’Grady later said he broke out the window of the headquarters with the use of a slingshot, but denied any involvement in prior vandalism of the building.
Further investigation showed that O’Grady was allegedly involved in at least two prior attacks on the building. After being detained, O’Grady admitted to earlier vandalism on both Nov. 6 at the headquarters building and Oct. 6, which also included the parking garage in downtown Roseburg.
O’Grady said he had vandalized the building a number of times, which has been targeted eight times since the beginning of 2020, but said he started breaking windows “after reading about the first incident in the paper.” That “gave him the courage to damage the buildings as well,” according to court documents.
According to the Oregon Secretary of State, O’Grady is a registered Republican. He remains lodged at the Douglas County Jail where the initial bail was set at $10,000. O’Grady was scheduled to be arraigned Thursday.