Historic OTR school cleans up after break-in, $100k vandalism

Historic OTR school cleans up after break-in, $100k vandalism
Rothenberg Prepartory Academy. (FOX19 File photo)
Rothenberg Prepartory Academy. (FOX19 File photo)

OVER THE RHINE, OH (FOX19) - A 21-year-old man faces charges after Cincinnati police say he broke into a historic Over-the-Rhine school and caused more than $100,000 in damage early Monday.

Colin Murphy of Corryville is held in lieu of $41,000 bond at the Hamilton County jail. He faces charges of breaking and entering, obstructing official business and vandalism.

He is accused of breaking into a first-story window just after 2 a.m. at the Clifton Avenue school. According to court records and school officials, he flooded several rooms by turning on the water in second-story science classroom safety showers. He also trashed the school's TVs, computers and instruments.

The water was left on and flooded down to the first floor and basement. Rooms damaged include the main office, lunch room, music room and library, said Janet Walsh, a Cincinnati Public Schools spokeswoman.

Rothenberg underwent a multi-million renovation and serves students in preschool through sixth grade.

Cleanup crews quickly responded and took care of most of the damage before school started. Classes began on time.

"It's too bad something like this happened, but it's good that it is not interfering with instruction," Walsh said.

Murphy was taken into custody shortly after the break-in when police encountered him inside the building.  He ran from police search dogs after being warned to stop, officers wrote in court records.

He sprinted through the halls of the school and out a door to the gym - where he ran smack into two other police officers. They had to wrestle him to the ground to arrest him, records state.

The case goes before a grand jury for possible indictment Dec. 11.

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