A woman in North Dakota is facing criminal charges after police say she walked into a Catholic Church topless and destroyed a statue of Jesus Christ.
Brittany Marie Reynolds, 35, has been charged with felony criminal mischief after allegedly entering St. Mary’s Cathedral in Fargo, North Dakota, and destroying a statue of Jesus, KVRR-TV reported.
Police say she was spotted Monday just after 6:30 p.m. running away from the church without a shirt, bra, or shoes.
Reynolds, according to police, was also seen on church security cameras flipping over a potted plant and tearing down the statue before smashing it against a wall.
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Brittany Marie Reynolds, 35, allegedly broke into a North Dakota church and destroyed a Jesus statue
Brittany Marie Reynolds, 35, allegedly broke into a North Dakota church and destroyed a Jesus statue (Cass County North Dakota Jail)
Reynolds was possibly under the influence of drugs, according to court documents.
The estimated cost of the statue is more than $11,000.
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Brittany Marie Reynolds has been charged with felony criminal mischief.
Brittany Marie Reynolds has been charged with felony criminal mischief. (KVRR-TV)
Reynolds was scheduled to appear in court this week.
After being transported to a hospital, Reynolds allegedly assaulted a staff member at the Essentia Health Emergency Room, Valley News reported.
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St. Mary’s Cathedral in Fargo, ND
St. Mary’s Cathedral in Fargo, ND (Google Earth)
Paul Braun, director of communications for the Catholic Diocese of Fargo, told Fox News Digital that Reynolds was not a church parishioner and that the church is frequently used by the local homeless population as a place to keep warm.
“We were saddened to see the damage done to a very old statue at our Cathedral, and we hope the person responsible gets the help they need,” Braun said. “We are praying for that person as well.”