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DENVER — The Denver District Attorney decided not to accept charges against a man accused of vandalizing the blue bear at the Colorado Convention Center.

Joseph Rivas, 21, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of criminal mischief, said Denver police spokesman Sonny Jackson.

Rivas bonded out of jail after the DA decided not to accept the charge against him, Jackson said.

DA spokeswoman Lynn Kimbrough said prosecutors review the evidence against Rivas and decided they did not have enough proof beyond a reasonable doubt to charge Rivas.

The famous Denver icon was vandalized on March 31 when someone poured green paint on it.  Police believe the bear was pelted with balloons filled with green paint.

The vandal caused about $11,000 in damage, Jackson said.

April 3, workers power washed the bear. Some parts had to be repainted as well.

The sculpture, titled “I See What You Mean,” peers into the convention center lobby off 14th Street and is one of downtown’s top tourist attractions.

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