A Lone Tree man has been arrested in connection with the vandalism of 18 vehicles parked at The Barn in Marshdale during a prayer meeting in January.
Wilbur Leonard Pugh Jr., 50, was served an arrest warrant at his home in Lone Tree on July 26 on charges of felony criminal mischief and domestic violence harassment/stalking. He was being held in the Douglas County jail until a date for an advisement hearing was scheduled in Jefferson County court, Jeffco sheriff's spokeswoman Jacki Kelley said Monday.
During the past several months, Jeffco sheriff’s Investigator Kent Ferris has pursued leads in the case, leading to Pugh's arrest. The car of the suspect's former girlfriend was one of those damaged after a gel-based paint stripper was poured over them, according to the sheriff's report.
The paint thinner caused the vehicles’ paint to erode to bare metal, causing more than $56,000 in damages, the report stated.
Pugh's arrest resulted from interviews and evidence collected in the past several months, Kelley said.
The victims of the vandalism were all part of the prayer group meeting at The Barn, according the report.
Evergreen resident Brian Kerby, who was leading the weekly healing service with his wife, said that when he arrived at The Barn the evening of the incident, he saw that windows in the building had been broken. After the service ended and people left the building to go to their vehicles, they saw the vandalism, Kerby said.
Kerby, a deacon at Christ the King Catholic Church, has been leading the Intercessors of the Trinity service for people in need of support. It is an interfaith ministry that began several years ago at the couple's home and moved to The Barn when the number of participants increased.
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