Elk statue tipper

This composite of three photos released by the Jackson Police Department prompted a man suspected of damaging a bronze elk statue outside The Rose to turn himself in.

A man suspected of damaging an elk statue turned himself in Friday, according to Jackson police.

The Jackson Police Department reported receiving numerous tips from the community after releasing photos Thursday of a man, who was wearing an orange ski jacket and black ball cap, when the statue was toppled.

The suspect learned from a friend about the media attention and turned himself in to police Thursday afternoon. He was interviewed by detectives, and charges will be filed through the Teton County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, according to a news release. Authorities have not released his name.

According to Detective Philip Smith, the man was cooperative, gave his statement to police and was released. The Police Department said several names will be forwarded to Crimestoppers for reward consideration.

Police said video evidence showed that the man had attempted to enter The Rose but came back down without entering. In the Pink Garter Plaza courtyard, he slammed a bike rack to the ground, police said. He leaned against the elk statue, which wobbled, and then he pushed it over, the release said. The incident occurred at about 12:55 a.m. Sunday.

The impact with the boardwalk damaged one of the statue’s antlers. Police estimated the cost of damage at $5,000.

The statue, called Exalted Ruler, was created by Oregon artists Rip and Alison Caswell. Police have said the Caswells will pick it up for repairs.

Kate Ready covers criminal justice and emergency news. Originally from Denver, Kate studied English Literature at UC Berkeley and is excited to bring her love for the mountains and storytelling to Jackson.

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