Everett man charged in attack on FBI HQ building in Chelsea


An Everett man has been charged with trying to damage the Boston FBI headquarters in Chelsea by scaling a perimeter fence and then breaking a window and pounding a door with rock in a failed attempt to get inside the building.

Brian Ricardo Dennis, 52, of Everett was charged in a criminal complaint with damaging government property following an appearance in Federal District Court in Boston Monday. He is being held without bail and will be detained until a probable cause and detention hearing this week.

Dennis allegedly scaled the perimeter fence at the Chelsea headquarters of the FBI on Friday, July 31 at 1:20 am.

Video surveillance recorded Dennis climbing over the fence, approaching an exterior door, banging on the door with his hands and then retrieving a large rock and repeatedly throwing the rock against the door, shattering it’s glass before he allegedly climbed back over the perimeter fence and left the area.

Dennis was later apparently apprehended by the Chelsea Police, who encountered Dennis on the street.

Dennis had significant injuries to his right hand.

Police transported Dennis to a local emergency room. Later, during an interview with FBI agents, Dennis admitted to being the individual in the surveillance recordings.

Fingerprints found at the FBI Headquarters matched those of Dennis.

The FBI did not detail how an individual could attack the FBI Headquarters without being apprehended at the location – an indication they had to rely on surveillance recordings and the Chelsea Police to arrest the suspect.

Dennis faces as much as 10 years in prison and fine up to $250,000 for his attack on the headquarters.

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