Trial date set for alleged church vandal

| April 27, 2010

The man who allegedly did more than $2,500 of destruction to a Chesterton church on April 16 faces up to eight years in prison at a scheduled Oct. 4 trial.

Roger Holzman, 23, had his initial hearing in court Monday on felony charges of institutional criminal mischief.

His bond is set at $3,000 cash, and he was granted a public defender.

Court records state that he smashed windows and doors at First United Methodist Church, 434 S. Second St., the night of April 16.

Police caught Holzman near the scene of the vandalism after they received a call from someone who said he saw Holzman leave the church that night.

After a foot chase, police caught Holzman in a yard and found cuts on his wrists and hands and pieces of glass on his shoes.

A shattered plate glass window at the church had a footprint that matched the sole of Holzman's shoe.

Officers also found 13 other windowpanes at the church were broken, one window frame completely cleared out of glass.

Inside the church, four interior doors were damaged, and blood was found on one door frame.

Police found blood elsewhere in the building, too.

Court records don't mention whether anything was stolen or indicate why Holzman allegedly committed the crime.,chchurch0427.article

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