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Monroe Vandalism Update-Arrest made

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Monroe man turns himself in and is arrested in Christmas eve Vandalism

Monroe Police Detectives have obtained an arrest warrant and arrested 53 year old Mabry Mitchell (Mitch) McFarland on three Felony counts of Criminal Damage to Property and five counts of misdemeanor Damage to Property.
 
McFarland had told authorities late last week that he would be turning himself in Monday (Monday, the 21st)
 
The arrest and charges are in connection with spray painted buildings and churches on Christmas Eve.
 
McFarland was booked into the Ouachita Correctional Center.

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A man who apparently committed the vandalism on several Monroe buildings right before Christmas, according to detectives has been identified now.

The detectives said they'd spoken to his representative and that arrangements have been made for him to turn himself in on Monday.

ORIGINAL STORY:

Red spray paint, large X's, and profanity is what a lot of businesses returned to the day after Christmas.

St. Matthew's Catholic Church Priest, Richard Norsworthy says, "it was on the door and then there was some stripes made on the stone sides."

St. Matthew's in downtown Monroe was one of eight locations vandalized.

Monroe Police Department Lieutenant, Doug Tarver says, "all of them were the same, they were all identical."

Here at KNOE we were no exception, others we know about are The News Star and First Baptist Church which are all located downtown.

Norsworthy says, "it's a crime and it immoral to damage and hurt other peoples property."

Norsworthy says they aren't sure when the doors were spray painted because they held services at the church until late Tuesday night, and there was nothing there when everyone left.

He says they were worried there might be worse to come.

Norsworthy says, "it may be a sign that they are going to do more damage, it may be some sort of type thing I can't think of anything the X might represent except a cross and that's something else that's sort of interesting that that's what they chose to do."

Police say they are not treating this as a hate crime.

Tarver says, "it's not directed directly at the churches the writing on the doors is not threats or anything like that so at this time we aren't looking at it as a hate crime."

Norsworthy says these vandals can change and become better people.

He says, "and that's what we pray for we'll pray for these folks whoever did this that they will grow more mature and that this isn't a good things for human beings to do."

Norsworthy says it's hard to believe someone would do this during the holiday season.

Police are working leads and hope to have an answer to these cases soon.

They say this happened when a lot of people were off work, so they encourage anyone else who may have been vandalized to report it

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