Miami, Florida – A federal criminal complaint filed this week in U.S. District Court in Fort Lauderdale charged Matthew Leon Chilcutt, 43, with destruction of federal property for allegedly causing extensive damage to the U.S. courthouse and federal building from Fort Lauderdale on September 5. 2022.
According to the criminal complaint affidavit, Chilcutt broke into the main entrance of the courthouse and vandalized interior and exterior areas of the building, including smashing windows, smashing doors, causing damage to water and destroying other property. He was found inside the courthouse by Fort Lauderdale Police Department officers who arrested Chilcutt and charged him with burglary. The courthouse was closed to the public during the incident on Labor Day and no one was injured.
Chilcutt is scheduled to appear in federal court on September 9, 2022 to answer federal charges. If found guilty, he faces up to 10 years in prison.
U.S. Attorney Juan Antonio Gonzalez of the Southern District of Florida and the Federal Protective Service (“FPS”), Miami area, made the announcement.
The FPS investigated this case with the assistance of the Fort Lauderdale Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney David A. Snider is prosecuting the case.
A complaint is only an allegation, and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in court. The photos below are part of the criminal complaint.
You can find a copy of this press release (and any updates) on the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida website at www.usdoj.gov/usao/ son.
Related court documents and information may be viewed on the District Court for the Southern District of Florida website at www.flsd.uscourts.gov or at http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov , under file number 22-mj-06428.