Stoney Creek man charged with arson, mischief at downtown church

News Sep 24, 2014 Stoney Creek News

A 26-year-old Stoney Creek man is faces mischief and arson charges after a bizarre melee inside a downtown Hamilton church.

On Sept. 20 at 3:45 p.m., Hamilton police responded to St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church on Park Street North to investigate a mischief incident.  An intoxicated man and a woman entered the church and began yelling and swearing.

The man entered a large holy water bath and washed himself.

A woman who was inside the church at the time asked the man to leave and to show respect for the church.

The man and woman left but the man later returned  shirtless.

Once inside, the man approached the altar, took a glass of wine, placed it beside the chalice and poured it over a piece of cloth.

He then began burning the cloth with a lighter. The wine prevented the fire from fully igniting.

The suspect then went into the Sacrament room where he tipped over several religious objects and threw holy bread on the floor.

He later proceeded to a display cabinet at the back of the church containing rosaries and religious items.

The suspect gained access to the cabinet, removed several items and took a beaded rosary out of the package and put it around his neck.

Police responded to the scene and the man was found lying in the grass, wearing a beaded rosary from the display cabinet.

He was held for a bail hearing.

The suspect is charged with mischief under $5,000, arson causing damage to property, two counts of failure to comply with probation, theft under $5,000 an possession under $5,000.

Stoney Creek man charged with arson, mischief at downtown church

News Sep 24, 2014 Stoney Creek News

A 26-year-old Stoney Creek man is faces mischief and arson charges after a bizarre melee inside a downtown Hamilton church.

On Sept. 20 at 3:45 p.m., Hamilton police responded to St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church on Park Street North to investigate a mischief incident.  An intoxicated man and a woman entered the church and began yelling and swearing.

The man entered a large holy water bath and washed himself.

A woman who was inside the church at the time asked the man to leave and to show respect for the church.

The man and woman left but the man later returned  shirtless.

Once inside, the man approached the altar, took a glass of wine, placed it beside the chalice and poured it over a piece of cloth.

He then began burning the cloth with a lighter. The wine prevented the fire from fully igniting.

The suspect then went into the Sacrament room where he tipped over several religious objects and threw holy bread on the floor.

He later proceeded to a display cabinet at the back of the church containing rosaries and religious items.

The suspect gained access to the cabinet, removed several items and took a beaded rosary out of the package and put it around his neck.

Police responded to the scene and the man was found lying in the grass, wearing a beaded rosary from the display cabinet.

He was held for a bail hearing.

The suspect is charged with mischief under $5,000, arson causing damage to property, two counts of failure to comply with probation, theft under $5,000 an possession under $5,000.

Stoney Creek man charged with arson, mischief at downtown church

News Sep 24, 2014 Stoney Creek News

A 26-year-old Stoney Creek man is faces mischief and arson charges after a bizarre melee inside a downtown Hamilton church.

On Sept. 20 at 3:45 p.m., Hamilton police responded to St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church on Park Street North to investigate a mischief incident.  An intoxicated man and a woman entered the church and began yelling and swearing.

The man entered a large holy water bath and washed himself.

A woman who was inside the church at the time asked the man to leave and to show respect for the church.

The man and woman left but the man later returned  shirtless.

Once inside, the man approached the altar, took a glass of wine, placed it beside the chalice and poured it over a piece of cloth.

He then began burning the cloth with a lighter. The wine prevented the fire from fully igniting.

The suspect then went into the Sacrament room where he tipped over several religious objects and threw holy bread on the floor.

He later proceeded to a display cabinet at the back of the church containing rosaries and religious items.

The suspect gained access to the cabinet, removed several items and took a beaded rosary out of the package and put it around his neck.

Police responded to the scene and the man was found lying in the grass, wearing a beaded rosary from the display cabinet.

He was held for a bail hearing.

The suspect is charged with mischief under $5,000, arson causing damage to property, two counts of failure to comply with probation, theft under $5,000 an possession under $5,000.