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Individual Arrested in Relation to Vandalism of Church Sign

MORRIS COUNTY — Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll, Chief of Detectives Robert M. McNally, Sheriff James Gannon, and Morristown Chief Darnell Richardson confirmed a charge has been filed in connection with vandalism done to the sign of Church of the Redeemer in Morristown on May 20, 2023.

Following an investigation, a 22-year-old man turned into Morristown Police Department headquarters on May 30, 2023. The defendant allegedly saw surveillance photos of himself released last weekend through the Crimestoppers program. The photos were of several individuals walking east on South Street at approximately 1:26 a.m. on May 20. Some in the group were observed hitting and/or multiple damaging signs as they traveled and ultimately entered two vehicles parked on Dumont Place.

The defendant has been charged with criminal mischief, a third-degree crime, and was released on a summons. A subsequent investigation concluded that charges were not warranted for the other individuals.

The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office investigated whether or not the vandalism should be considered a bias incident, as the sign was close to a series of rainbow flags set up outside of the church. It was determined that vandalism does not meet the criteria to be a bias-based or hate crime as the evidence established an intent only to damage property.

Prosecutor Carroll said, “Based on our investigation, we believe this defendant demonstrated actionable conduct but not indicative of a hate-based crime. I applaud the coordination between the Morristown Police Department, Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, Morris County Sheriff’s Office, and Crimestoppers that led to this charge being filed. I thank Chief Richardson and his Department for their prompt response and Rev. Black for meeting and fully cooperating with my office, which greatly assisted the investigation.   I hope Morris County law enforcement’s combined response and thoroughness can put the community at ease.”

Editors Note: A criminal complaint is merely an accusation. Despite this accusation, the juveniles are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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Frank L. Cahill
Frank L. Cahill
Publisher of Parsippany Focus since 1989 and Morris Focus since 2019, both covering a wide range of events. Mr. Cahill serves as the Executive Board Member of the Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce, President of Kiwanis Club of Tri-Town and Chairman of Parsippany-Troy Hills Economic Development Advisory Board.
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