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Northern Iowa man in jail after allegedly vandalizing on cemetery


This news story was published on August 30, 2019.
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MANCHESTER, IOWA – A Northern Iowa man is behind bars after he allegedly vandalized numerous headstones at a cemetery.

On August 16th , 2019 at approximately 9:48 AM the Manchester Police Department received a report of vandalism at the Oakland Cemetery at 1125 North Franklin Street. Officers located 25 headstones that were moved or tipped over from the ground and 4 head stones that were broken.

During the investigation, officers received information that the defendant was observed leaving a residence in the area where the vandalism took place at approximately 4:00 AM on August 16th.

The defendant was later interviewed by law enforcement and the defendant confessed to officers that he pushed over a rock in the cemetery which was a specific headstone involved in the vandalism. The defendant stated he was extremely intoxicated and under the influence of prescription medications at the time of the incident.

An estimate of approximately $23,800 in damages was obtained, which includes setting 25 headstones back in their original position and replacement of the four broken headstones.

Arrested:
Malachi Montes Age 26 of Manchester

Charges:
Criminal Mischief-1st Degree a Class C Felony

Montes is in custody at the Delaware County Jail on other unrelated charges.

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7 Responses to Northern Iowa man in jail after allegedly vandalizing on cemetery

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 5, 2019 at 1:23 am

    Northern Iowa man in jail after allegedly vandalizing on cemetery

    SHAME ON HIM FOR VANDALIZING ON A CEMETARY

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    August 31, 2019 at 12:17 pm

    Dig a hole and bury him alive in that same cemetery!

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    Allen Reply Report comment

    August 30, 2019 at 3:14 pm

    Part of his punishment should be, for a year, he mows the entire cemetery whenever its needed with a push mower. Being stupid, is not an excuse.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      August 31, 2019 at 8:47 am

      Too good for him. lots a shade relaxing job. Let someone retired do it for side cash. he doesnt deserve that.

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        Allen Reply Report comment

        August 31, 2019 at 6:22 pm

        Yes, it is too good for him, but the cemetery is about 40 acres and that would be quite a bit for a retired person to mow with a push mower.

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          Anonymous Reply Report comment

          September 1, 2019 at 3:19 pm

          well you don’t burden a decent person with a push mower. grasshopper all the way. maybe this a**hat should clean every stone in the cemetery with a children’s toothbrush? as well as maybe be forced in some way to become familiar with the history of the individuals who’s stones he vandalized. Since we don’t do civilized things like tar and feather or beat loser’s anymore.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    August 30, 2019 at 10:05 am

    “He wants you malachi” This one of the children of the corn or what? what a dipshit disrespectful little ahole.