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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Suspect arrested for vandalizing four Arlington churches

Arlington police announced Tuesday they arrested a man in connection with graffiti vandalism cases at four Arlington churches.
Marcellino Tello, 37, was arrested for criminal trespass at a business in the 2200 block of Miller Road. Police said they went to the business on a report "regarding information on the vandalism at the churches."
Police said Tello matched the description of a suspect from a surveillance video at one of the locations. Police interviewed Tello and believe he is responsible for all four incidents.
Four Arlington churches were been hit in the past three weeks.
A Shepherd of Life Lutheran Church member discovered the graffiti early Monday morning, and immediately knew someone had defaced her church.
"I immediately thought about the stories about the other churches," Joann Smith said. "My heart just broke because it's just unbelievable that something like this could happen in the Lord's house."
The vandal used white shoe polish to write across several glass doors in Spanish.
Less than two miles away, Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church parishioners arrived for Sunday services to Spanish graffiti in blue and black spray paint across the brick walls.
The word 'muerte' - meaning death - was written in big letters.
Police believe these two incidents are linked to two others based on writing style and message.
The first happened Sept. 30 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church. More graffiti was found at New Life Fellowship Church on Oct. 9.
No mugshot of Tello has been released due to the ongoing investigation and a potential need for photo lineups, police said.
Tello remains in Arlington City Jail on a bail of $6,750.

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