A man decapitated an almost 90-year-old statue of Jesus inside a Texas church in a brazen act this week, according to the local Catholic diocese.
The suspect — who has since been identified as 30-year-old Isaiah Cantrell — allegedly barged into El Paso’s St. Patrick Cathedral around 10 a.m. Tuesday and destroyed the statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, located in the center behind the church’s main altar, according to local outlet KFOX-TV.
Photos posted by the Diocese of El Paso show the statue with a large portion of its head broken off, one of the arms, a portion of another and the base also busted.
The church was open for prayer at the time, according to the diocese.
In a statement, Bishop Mark J. Seitz expressed his sadness about the damage to the statue, which he called “one of my favorite representations of Jesus.”
“As sad as I am to see a statue attacked and destroyed, I am grateful that it was not a living person,” Seitz said. “But a statue, particularly this statue, concretizes and connects us to persons and ideals that are not visible to our eyes. They reveal to us realities that are close to us, but unseen.”
Cantrell was taken into custody Tuesday morning by the El Paso Police Department and charged with criminal mischief and possession of marijuana, KFOX reported.
He was booked into the El Paso County Detention Facility under bonds totaling $20,500, according to the station.
“At this point we do not know anything about the person who carried out this assault, but he certainly must be a person who is greatly disturbed to have attacked this peaceful place in our city and this image of the King of Peace,” Seitz said.
“I hope this might be the impetus for him to receive the help he needs. He will be in my prayers.”
Biden, Harris release tax returns hours before first debate
CLEVELAND — Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden released his 2019 tax returns Tuesday afternoon, just hours before his first debate with President Trump in Cleveland.
“The American people deserve transparency from their leaders, it’s why as of today, I’ve released 22 years of my tax returns,” Biden tweeted Tuesday, 48 hours after the New York Times published leaked portions of what it said were the commander-in-chief’s financial records.
The former veep and wife Jill Biden declared a gross income of $985,233 in 2019 and paid $299,346 in federal income tax, according to the financial disclosures published on the campaign website.
Accountants for the couple list Biden’s occupation as “executive” and Jill’s as “teacher.”
The 22 years referred to by Biden include the sum total of all the returns he has released over his decades in office.
Biden’s running mate, Kamala Harris, and her husband, lawyer Doug Emhoff, also released their tax filings Tuesday afternoon, reporting a taxable income of $3,018,127.
They paid federal income taxes of $1,185,628.
The Biden campaign has launched a full-scale attack on Trump after the Times reported Sunday that the billionaire property developer paid just $750 in federal income tax in both the year he won the presidency and his first year in the Oval Office.
The president pushed back on the reporting as “fake news” and insisted he had paid “a lot” to Uncle Sam.
The Times also found that for 10 of the last 15 years, the president paid no federal income taxes because his businesses posted hundreds of millions of dollars in losses.
Despite earning at least $434.9 million in 2018, according to his financial disclosures, Trump reported a $47.4 million loss in his tax filings.
The president’s campaign has pointed out that he paid taxes but then got credits issued against them for business losses and deductions.
Hostage talks in Oregon end with 3 dead, including 11-year-old
Three people were shot dead in Oregon — including an 11-year-old boy — after hostage talks abruptly ended and officers stormed the house, according to authorities.
Deputies in Salem initially made contact with suspect Jose Jesus Lopez-Tinoco, 34, Monday afternoon and attempted to “resolve the situation peacefully,” according to the Oregon State Police (OSP).
The Marion County officers forced entry after hearing gunshots — and “one deputy fired a yet to be determined number of rounds” as he stormed the property, the OSP said Tuesday.
Inside, Lopez-Tinoco was found dead “with what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound,” state police said.
Two others were also fatally shot — Diari Bustos-Bustos, 24, and an 11-year-old boy who is not being identified.
A woman identified as Laura Rocio-Bustos, 43, was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries from gunshot wounds, while a 13-year-old boy was rescued uninjured, police said. No deputies were injured.
It was not revealed if any of the injuries were believed to have been from the officer’s shots. Officials also did not reveal what sparked the hostage situation, nor the relationship between Lopez-Tinoco and the victims.
The deputy who opened fired, Ricky Kittelson, was placed on administrative leave “as per protocol,” the force said.
“Oregon State Police will continue the investigation and does not expect to release any more information without approval or direction from the Marion County DA,” the OSP said.
Man stabs NYC straphanger with screwdriver during robbery attempt
A brute pummeled a Queens straphanger and stabbed him with a screwdriver when he refused to hand over his wallet this week, cops said.
A 42-year-old man was standing on the Manhattan-bound platform of the Sutphin Boulevard station around 4:30 p.m. Monday when a stranger went up to him and demanded cash, according to police.
The victim reluctantly handed over $5 before both men boarded a train, police sources said.
But then the suspect wanted more — the victim’s wallet, according to the sources.
When the victim refused, the other man repeatedly punched him in the head, causing swelling and bleeding.
He also stabbed him in the right arm with a screwdriver, cutting him, according to police.
The attacker bolted from the train at the next stop, Briarwood, cops said.
A surveillance image shows him hopping over the turnstile at that station. He was still at large Tuesday.
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