Arrests made, few motives known for attacks on North American churches

Acts of vandalism continue at churches across North America. The majority of the cases reported this week remain unsolved.  It is unclear if a fire at St. Matthew’s Presbyterian Church in Grand Falls-Windsor is accidental or arson.  The chairman of the church says the cleanup is ongoing following the Oct. 18 fire. CBNCompass.ca reports the cause of the fire is still under investigation.  

Law enforcement agencies in the US this week have made arrests in church vandalism cases, but have fallen short in determining a motive for the crimes.  Four churches in Crowley, Louisiana were vandalized who smashed windows and fled. Police say the churches attacked are predominately African American and the vandal or vandals could be charged with a hate crime according to KADN television.  Two churches in Buffalo, Illinois were targeted this week by vandals who caused more than $10,000 in damage. Ourquadcities.com reports no arrests have been made. A homeless man was arrested for arson at Our Lady Immaculate Church in Springfield, Massachusetts. Recorder.com reports Trevor DeFrancesco, 21, is held on $20,000 bond. Officials have not determined a motive in the acts of destruction.