Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Man Wearing Only His Underwear Vandalizes Church



On 1/6/18 at approximately 1530hrs, the Riverside Police were dispatched for the report of a disorderly male subject at the First Moravian Church located on Bridgeboro St.  The caller stated that the male was reportedly throwing bibles and spraying a fire extinguisher inside the church.  The church was not open to the public at the time.  Upon arrival, the police located the male suspect being detained by a parishioner.  The suspect was wearing only his underwear.  After a brief struggle, the male was placed under arrest by police and identified as Mark A. Araujo, 19 years, of Beverly, NJ.
 
The police found that Araujo had illegally entered the church, took off all of his clothing and allegedly caused extensive damage to several items within.  The damage included broken stained glass windows, musical instruments, Christmas decorations, religious reading materials, religious artifacts and the discharge of a fire extinguisher.  Police also located marijuana dumped upon the top of the church lectern.  

Araujo was charged with Burglary, Desecration of Venerated Objects, Criminal Mischief, Disorderly Conduct, Resisting Arrest and Possession of Marijuana.

If anyone has further information regarding this case, contact Sgt. Ron Brock @ 856-461-8820 / rbrock@riversidepolicenj.org


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