Man faces assault, burglary charges after break-in at LDS temple in St. George

ST. GEORGE – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Saturday that the St. George Temple was broken into and vandalized, and a man faces several charges in connection with the incident.

According to the LDS Church, an individual broke in through a window Saturday morning around 5:00 a.m. and entered the temple.

“He then proceeded to the fifth floor of the temple, damaging furniture, artwork and other items along the way,” said Eric Hawkins, a spokesman for the Church. “After causing additional damage on the fifth floor, he was contained by temple workers.”

The Church says no physical restraint was required while they held the intruder until police arrived and he was arrested.

The St. George Temple has been reopened after being temporarily closed through the morning.

A temple worker told St. George News she and other workers and patrons were asked to wait in the foyer by police when they arrived a little before 5 a.m.

“They said there was an intruder in the temple, that he was upstairs somewhere,” she told St. George News. 

St. George News reports the man entered the temple through a ground floor window and that he damaged another window on the fifth floor.

A window on the fifth floor of the St. George LDS Temple that was broken out by a man who broke into the temple early that morning and vandalized the interior on his way through before being apprehended, St. George, Utah, May 12, 2018 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

Charles Gregory Logan was booked into jail after the incident on charges of disorderly conduct, interference with arrest, simple assault, criminal mischief and burglary of a non-dwelling.

Jail booking records indicate Logan was released from custody after he paid the required bond.

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