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Fort Polk man accused of vandalizing Bellwood church

Fort Polk man accused of vandalizing Bellwood church

NATCHITOCHES PARISH -- A Fort Polk man is accused of breaking into a Bellwood church and vandalizing it, according to a news release from the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office.
James Anthony Chavez, 20, was booked into the Nachitoches Parish Detention Center on unauthorized entry of a religious building, simple criminal damage to property and institutional  destruction.
Chavez remains in the Natchitoches Detention Center, awaiting bond.
Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Victor Jones Jr. said it happened at Bellwood Baptist Church on La. 117 at about 1:30 p.m. Saturday.
Jones said while sheriff’s units were responding, authorities received eyewitness reports of the suspect still being at the scene "turning flips" inside the church and on the exterior of the building.
Jones said a U.S. Forest Service law enforcement agent was first to arrive, taking the suspect into custody without resistance.
Deputies say there was forced entry through the church's front door.
"While at the scene, deputies observed that the interior of the church had been vandalized. Deputies also observed that the suspect had taken painter’s tape placing it on the church door’s and exterior church sign," Jones said.
Jones said according to deputies who interviewed Chavez, he said he "did not remember" doing the damage.
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Location : Natchitoches Parish
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