A 39-year-old transient has been arrested and charged for allegedly vandalizing statues of the Biblical figures of Mary and Joseph in Menlo Park on the night time earlier than Easter final weekend, San Mateo County prosecutors mentioned Tuesday. Roberto Vatical is accused of the vandalism of the statues at St. Patrick’s Seminary and University on Middlefield Road round 10:30 p.m. Saturday, based on the county District Attorney’s Office.
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Vatical allegedly set a Duraflame log at the bottom of the statue of Joseph, sprayed lighter fluid on it and set it on fireplace, then taped a balloon to the statue’s proper hand and clear tape across the neck, whereas the statue of Mary had a damaged egg on its face and items of bread and tomatoes on the bottom, prosecutors mentioned.
A priest at the seminary noticed the hearth and got here out to place it out as Vatical allegedly fled. Investigators finally recognized Vatical because the suspect after discovering stickers on the meals discovered at the statues and going to a close-by Safeway, the place surveillance footage confirmed him shopping for the hearth log, balloon and lighter fluid, based on the District Attorney’s Office.
Vatical was later discovered and arrested at a bus cease and was charged with felony vandalism of a spot of worship and misdemeanor illegal setting of a hearth, prosecutors mentioned. He stays in custody on $20,000 bail and made his preliminary look in court docket Monday however didn’t enter a plea.
The county’s Private Defender Program was appointed to signify him and he was set to return to court docket Tuesday afternoon.
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