Arrest Made in Church Statue Vandalism

September 12, 2011 Updated Sep 12, 2011 at 12:32 PM EDT

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Arrest Made in Church Statue Vandalism

September 12, 2011 Updated Sep 12, 2011 at 12:32 PM EDT

Cheektowaga, NY (WKBW-Release)

Michael Taylor, 30 years old, with a last known address of 1133 Losson Road in Cheektowaga was arrested late on Friday only a day after the crime was reported to police.

He was homeless for the last several months and had been known to the Cheektowaga Police who stopped and questioned him in connection to the vandalism. Officer Garrett Slawatycki, Detective Terry Griffin, and Detective Valentine Zimniewicz located Taylor on French Road in Cheektowaga. He had been hanging around the area of the church for several weeks. When initially approached, Taylor was reading aloud from the bible and stated “God’s law superseded New York State Law”, which aroused the police officers suspicions.

Upon further investigation, the officers located several notes on Taylor similar in nature to ones left at the crime scene. Taylor then admitted to doing the damage to the statues at St. Phillips and led police to the storage shed where he kept the hammer that he used to break the faces off two of the statues.

Taylor said that he believed that he was doing a good thing and that he would be rewarded by God.

Taylor was charged with Criminal Mischief in the 2nd degree, a class D Felony and arraigned in front of Judge Thomas Kolbert. No bail was set till Taylor is sent for a psychological exam. Taylor is currently in the Erie County Holding Center.