Ventura County News
Simi Valley church vandalized; suspect caught
SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (KABC) -- A church vandal is behind bars after being caught in the act at a parish on Royal Avenue in Simi Valley.
Police got a call Wednesday night that a man had broken into the Church of the Living Christ. When officers arrived, they found that man inside breaking windows. There was a brief struggle, and officers used a Taser to subdue him.
"When I saw what had happened, I just felt sick to my stomach and just couldn't believe what had happened. But it's really remarkable how quickly the community just rallied. You know, in a matter of moments they had plywood up there so that nothing further happens," said Joel Pertulla, the church's associate pastor.
The suspect, 34-year-old Bryant Leppard, was treated at a local hospital and arrested. Damage to the church is estimated at $30,000. The motive for the vandalism remains unclear.
vandalism, arrest, ventura county news
- Tour bus crash in Corona: 91-yr-old man dies 22 min ago
- Target probe focuses on processing centers
- Slain chase suspect's family files $20M claim 26 min ago
- Fallbrook tour bus crash: Victim identified 12 min ago
- Indio High students, faculty tested for TB
- Lancaster woman found dead; sons questioned
- Calif. jobless rate continues positive trend
- Utah's same-sex marriage ban overturned 37 min ago
- Helicopter gunships used in MX resort battle
- abcnews: One of Van Gogh's last paintings unveiled 54 min ago
- San Jose company recalls sausage products 44 min ago
- Understanding symbols on plastic containers
- Bejo's 'Past' character sometimes unlikeable
- OTRC: Beyonce kisses Madonna's daughter (Photo)