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17-Year-Old Charged In Connection To Vandalism At Louisville Hindu Temple

Posted at 12:30 PM, Feb 01, 2019

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE 3)– A 17-year-old was taken into custody after a Hindu temple was vandalized in Louisville.

The vandalism was reported Tuesday at the Swaminarayan Temple, located on Bardstown Road.

Inside the temple the walls were sprayed with graffiti, including several black crosses, anti-Hindu messages and phrases such as “Jesus is all mighty,” “Jesus is Lord” and “God.” Expletives were also spray painted in another room.

Sgt. Russell Montfort told WAVE 3 News he received a tip at 11 a.m. Thursday that led detectives to the juvenile.

Montfort said the juvenile was familiar with the area but not necessarily anyone at the temple.

The juvenile provided a statement to police and was charged with burglary and criminal mischief.

A community cleanup event will be held at the temple at 10 a.m. Saturday. Those who would like to help are asked to bring supplies including long handed rollers for painting, cleaning supplies and buckets.