Woman uses ax to smash window at closed Brooklyn courthouse, heads to courtroom of previous custody case: report

Kimberly Dole
April 20, 2020 - 1:32 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Police on Sunday arrested a 35-year-old woman who used an ax to break through a window at the Brooklyn Supreme Court and then proceed upstairs to a courtroom, where she had a previous custody case, The New York Post reported.

Jessica Pena was eventually discovered by police at the courthouse, located in downtown Brooklyn at 360 Adams Street. 

Pena has 14 prior arrests and was charged with criminal mischief and criminal trespass.

Similar recent incidents -- a brick was used to break a window at a Queens courthouse and a window was also broken at a Manhattan courthouse -- is alarming said the union representing court officers.

“The courthouses are unsafe,” Dennis Quirk, president of the New York’s court officers association, told The Post. “Someone could easily break into a courthouse at night and hide a gun in a bathroom, and then use it to kill someone — just like in ‘The Godfather.'”