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Middletown Police seeking suspect in church vandalism

The Middletown Police Department is seeking the identity and location of a a women believed to be in her 20’s or 30’s who is suspected on vandalizing three houses of worship in the Township during June and July.

Surveillance photo

The Westminster Presbyterian Church located at 94 Tindall Road, New Monmouth Baptist Church at 4 Cherry Tree Farm Road, and Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses at 743 Leonardville Road have each been vandalized by having windows smashed with rocks, according to an announcement by Deputy Chief Paul Bailey.

Westiminster Presbyterian was attacked overnight on June 1 and July 19. On July 26 the church on Tindall Road was attacked at 11:05 a.m, while parishioners were present.

New Monmouth Baptist Church was attacked overnight on July 14 and July 19.

Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses was attacked on July 19. The surveillance photos were provided by Kingdom Hall.

The suspect is believed to be driving a silver or gray Chevy Malibu.Although there is no information regarding the vehicle registration, the vehicle does have a trailer hitch and there is a noticeable dent in the rear passenger side bumper.

The matter is being treated as a possible bias crime and is currently under investigation by Detective First Class Darrin Simon.  Anyone with information is asked to call the Middletown Police Detective Bureau at (732) 615-2120

Posted: July 28th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , | No Comments »

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