Arrest made in vandalism at Fresno cathedral

Police say suspect caused more than $25,000 in damages to stained glass windows and religious statues at St. John’s Cathedral in downtown Fresno

Jose Luis Renteria Hernandez, 35, of Fresno, was arrested on suspicion of causing $25,000 worth of damage to St. John’s Cathedral in downtown Fresno. (image: Fresno Police Department)

A 35-year-old Fresno man was arrested Tuesday after police said he caused more than $25,000 damages to sacred stained glass windows and religious statues at St. John’s Cathedral in downtown Fresno.

Jose Luis Renteria Hernandez allegedly threw prayer candles at the statues and stained glass windows and damaged the exterior of the church, police said in a news release. One of the large stained glass windows was broken and several others were damaged with candle wax. A statue was also broken, police said.

Hernandez was found around 4:17 p.m. near Tulare and U streets, when he was arrested.

Officers said he admitted to vandalizing the church and was booked into the Fresno County Jail on suspicion of felony vandalism.

Police did not comment on a possible motive for the vandalism.

Full story at The Fresno Bee.

Comments

  1. Lock him up for a good while!!!

  2. Lou Cumming says

    Was he another illegal alien who was already a law breaker just by being on this side of the border?

  3. If convicted, in addition to full monetary restitution, I would suggest significant community service utilizing his trade or professional skills.

  4. This is very sad and yet another sign the church is undergoing persecution. Satan is working hard, we need to work harder with prayers, fasting and sacrifice.

  5. Or perhaps Mr Hernandez’s ancestors first came to Alta California with the Spanish, and he is a native born US citizen.

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