POMPANO BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) - A church in Pompano Beach was rocked by a smashing entrance.
Saint Nicholas Episcopal Church now has $4,000 worth of damage, after a man damaged the church’s hurricane impact windows on Monday. The lead pastor of the church showed 7News the damage that was done by the man.
“He hit it hard enough to actually begin to separate it from the frame,” said Reverend Mark Andrew Jones, pastor of Saint Nicholas Episcopal Church.
“This is obviously a troubled individual,” said Jones.
According to the Broward Sheriff’s Office, 30-year-old Jehu Cadevil, the man accused of the crime, did the same thing at the International Church of the Grace of God located off East Sample Road, throwing a rock at the window and shattering the glass.
He then made his way to Saint Nicholas, just about two blocks away. “He also damaged this one, as well,” said Jones. “I have no idea why we were singled out and attacked, and of course, that just makes you feel a little insecure.”
According to investigators, he did exactly same thing to both churches last September and also damaged the glass to a check cashing store that sits in between both churches.
“And then later to learn that it was the same individual with whom, as far as I know, we’ve had no contact,” said Jones.
On Tuesday, he was arrested and appeared in court where a judge denied his bond for violating his probation.
“This is our parish hall,” said Jones.
As for those at Saint Nicholas Episcopal Church, they’re relying on their faith to help them get through this damaging situation.
“While we’re hurt and frustrated, I think it’s important for us to pray for him that he might get the help he needs and recover, hopefully,” said Jones.
Cadevil’s bond was denied. He remains locked up in Broward County Jail, Wednesday night.
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