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Two teenagers arrested after 2 predominantly Black local churches vandalized

Nickolas Callen Harborth, 19. remained in the Coryell County Jail Monday in lieu of $10,000...
Nickolas Callen Harborth, 19. remained in the Coryell County Jail Monday in lieu of $10,000 bond. (Jail photo)(KWTX)
Published: Aug. 2, 2020 at 11:07 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 3, 2020 at 2:56 PM CDT
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GATESVILLE, Texas (KWTX) – Gatesville police have arrested two teenagers after two predominantly Black churches were vandalized.

Nickolas Callen Harborth, 19 was arrested late Friday night and was booked into the Coryell County Jail, charged with criminal mischief, damage/destroy worship or school, a third-degree felony.

He remained in the Coryell County Jail Monday in lieu of $10,000 bond.

A 15-year-old boy was also arrested.

His name was not released because of his age.

Vandals spray-painted what appeared to be satanic and anarchy symbols last week on the front of Mt. Cavalry Church of God at 128 North 12th St. and also the words “I’ll be on Satan’s lap.”

The church’s pastor, Lee Ford, discovered the vandalism while checking the mail last Wednesday morning.

“The possibility of the vandalism being racially motivated cannot be ruled out at this time,” police Lt. Cody Lee said in a press release at the time.

A window was broken out at the nearby Sweet Home Baptist Church at 511 North 14th St., Ford said.

Ford said he believes the vandalism was racially motivated.

Coryell County jail trustees cleaned up some of the graffiti, but it was still visible late Wednesday morning.

Investigators are asking anyone with information to call the Gatesville Police Department at (254) 865-2226 or Crime Stoppers at (254) 865-8477.

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