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Vernon Parish man arrested for vandalizing Natchitoches Parish church

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James Anthony Chavez James Anthony Chavez
NATCHITOCHES, La. (KTBS) -

Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Deputies have arrested a Vernon Parish man in connection with the Unauthorized Entry and Vandalism of the Bellwood Baptist Church.

On Saturday, December 21st, around 1:30 p.m. NPSO Deputies responded to a reported unauthorized entry and possible burglary of the Bellwood Baptist Church located in the 5400 block of La. Hwy 117 near Bellwood, La.

Deputies say while sheriff's units were responding, they received eyewitness reports of the suspect still being at the scene turning flips inside the church and on the outside of the church.

A US Forest Service Law Enforcement Agent was first to arrive on the scene and took the suspect into custody.

Deputies say that it appeared that forced entry was gained into the church through the front door.

While at the scene, deputies found that the interior of the church had been vandalized. The suspect also allegedly had taken painter's tape and placed it on the church doors and outside church sign. 

James Anthony Chavez, 20 of Fort Polk, La., was booked into the Nachitoches Parish Detention Center charged with Unauthorized Entry of a Religious Building, Simple Criminal Damage to Property, and Institutional Destruction.

Chavez remains in the Natchitoches Detention Center awaiting bond.

Deputies say while interviewing Chavez, he stated he did not remember doing the damage.

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