YWCA having damage assessed after SLC building vandalized

The man who smashed multiple windows appeared to be having a mental health episode, police say.

(Photo courtesy of the YWCA) A vandal broke windows at the YWCA's Salt Lake City building on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021.

A vandal smashed windows and threw computers on the floor at the YWCA in Salt Lake City on Thursday, and the organization is assessing the damage.

The nonprofit’s 101-year-old administration building at 322 E. 300 South was attacked by a person who used a shovel to break down the front door, according to Chief Development Officer Pamela Carlston. She said the person broke multiple windows, which will be boarded up in the near future, and destroyed desks.

Salt Lake City police Sgt. Keith Horrocks said Monday that when officers got to the YWCA on Thursday night, a man in the building was acting erratically, throwing things and breaking windows. Because the man appeared to be having a mental health episode, police took him to a hospital, and he is still there, Horrocks said.

Carlston said the nearby shelter that houses women and children was not invaded because staff worked quickly to lock it down. Still, she said the attack was an emotional experience because the people that the YWCA works with are usually already traumatized. The organization provides services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, elder abuse and stalking, according to its website.

She said insurance officials are coming this week to evaluate the damage to the historic building, which was designed by architect Julia Morgan.

— Tribune reporter Rebekah Wahlberg contributed to this story.