MORRISTOWN, NJ – Police arrested a man on Sunday in connection with several acts of vandalism that occurred Saturday at five Morristown churches.
Zuri C. Towns, 45, of Morristown was identified as the alleged perpetrator of these crimes. Towns made a statement to police admitting he did indeed vandalize the churches and confirmed he acted alone, local authorities said.
The churches had broken stained glass windows and signs outside the building were damaged, according to police.
Towns previously attended services at one of the vandalized churches as a minor, police said.
Police charged Towns with four counts of fourth-degree criminal mischief and one count of third-degree criminal mischief.
Authorities originally suspected the incidents was a bias crime—one purposefully committed to intimidate a person or group based on race, color, religion, gender, handicap, sexual orientation or ethnicity—but found no evidence to support this motive.
Towns was served with several summons complaints pending a court appearance.