18-year-old facing hate crime charges for alleged vandalism at Decorah church
DECORAH, Iowa (KCRG) - An 18-year-old in Decorah is facing hate crime charges in connection to the vandalism of several buildings, including two churches.
In a press release, police called it “hate speech that was both shocking and criminal.”
Police arrested Caeden-Philip Nyanjenga. He faces felony criminal mischief charges, as well as trespassing with intent to commit a hate crime.
Police said the suspect vandalized the buildings over the weekend, spray-painting anti-gay messages on rainbow doors outside one church.
A few spots at a second nearby church were also vandalized.
It happened as Decorah was holding its pride celebration.
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