Woman Arraigned for Outburst that Destroyed Church Relics

BOSTON, Sept. 27, 2013—A Jamaica Plain woman was arraigned today on charges she walked into a Roxbury church and destroyed irreplaceable artifacts by throwing them at worshippers earlier this year, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

HENRIETTA EGBUONU (D.O.B. 4/11/87) was arraigned in West Roxbury District Court on charges of malicious destruction of property over $250, assault with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery on a police officer, and causing injury to a church over $5,000.  Assistant District Attorney Gerry Cahill recommended that bail be set at $1,000.  Judge Kathleen Coffey released Egbuonu on her own recognizance.

According to prosecutors, Boston Police responded to the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church on the morning of Jan. 2, for what was initially reported as a fight.  Upon their arrival, they were informed that a woman inside the church was throwing religious statues at churchgoers.

Inside the church, officers encountered Egbuonu as she walked down the center aisle brandishing a three-foot tall statue, prosecutors said.  She ignored officers’ commands to set the statue down as she walked towards them, then hurled the statue, striking one officer in the arm, prosecutors said.

None of the parishioners was seriously injured, but church staff informed police that multiple priceless antique statues had been destroyed.

Egbuonu was transported from the scene to Boston Medical Center, where she was held for evaluation and treatment. She was then summonsed to court.

Egbuonu is represented by James Stanton.  She will return to court on Nov. 15.


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