A 19-year-old Moline man will appear in court Tuesday afternoon on charges that he broke into the Rock Island County Courthouse over the weekend and caused a “considerable amount of damage.”
Flavio Barona Jr. was arrested early Monday after deputies discovered him inside a locked holding cell in an office used by security at the courthouse, 210 15th St., Rock Island, Rock Island County State's Attorney John McGehee said.
Barona faces charges of burglary, a Class 2 felony punishable by three to seven years in prison, and criminal damage to state-supported property, a Class 3 felony punishable by two to five years in prison.
Bond on the warrant, which was issued Monday, was set at $50,000, according to court records.
Deputies began to investigate damage to the courthouse around 7 a.m. Once inside, deputies noticed additional damage inside the security office, which is on the first-floor. They found Barona inside the office, according to the Sheriff's Office.
Deputies think Barona broke a window on the east side of the courthouse, entered the building and then caused “considerable damage to the security office.”
Court documents filed Monday claim that he entered the building on Sunday and damaged office furniture, computers and the door to the holding cell. The damage was estimated to be between $500 and $10,000, according to court documents.
No other information was available Monday.
Posts on the Facebook page of the Quad-City Missing Persons Network indicated that Barona had been missing over the weekend. One person wrote in a post that Barona was last seen on foot at a gas station at 18th Avenue and 30th Street in Rock Island after leaving the District in downtown Rock Island.
A later post on the group's Facebook page confirmed that Barona had been found and was safe.