Woman smashes cement block through General Assembly window to be arrested to get out of cold, police say

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RICHMOND, Va. -- A woman was arrested after she threw a piece of cement through a window at the General Assembly Building and punched a VCU student in the face, according to Capitol Police.

Police said the woman was apparently trying to get arrested to get out of the cold and have a place to stay for the night.

The incident happened at 6:45 p.m. while a Senate committee meeting was in progress in the General Assembly Building.

State Sen. Mark D. Obenshain tweeted he was in a Senate Finance subcommittee when the woman threw the concrete through the General Assembly window.

Police said before that, the woman punched a female VCU student on 8th and Franklin St. The girl was not seriously injured and refused treatment.

Officers arrested the woman and charged her with simple assault and vandalism. Her identity has not been released at this time. She has been transported to the Justice Center.

Police confirmed there was no connection between the woman and meeting.