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Man accused of damaging Huntsville church with baseball bat

David Thompson (Source: Huntsville Police Department) David Thompson (Source: Huntsville Police Department)

Huntsville police have arrested a man accused of smashing up a church with a baseball bat.

David Thompson, 33, was arrested Wednesday and charged with making a terrorist threat, burglary and criminal mischief.

The arrest stems from a Tuesday incident at St. Luke Baptist Church on Sparkman Drive. Police say the suspect entered the church with a baseball bat and damaged several items.

Officers responded to the church at about 8 a.m. When officers arrived, they discovered several items, including a broken window. Witnesses said Thompson walked in with a bat while parents were dropping off children for day care. They said he struck several items with the bat before leaving the area on foot. No one was injured during the incident.

On Wednesday, officers responded to a call of a suspicious person in the area of Jordan Lane and Mastin Lake Road. The suspect matched Thompson's description. Officers say he fled on foot when they arrived.

Officers soon caught him and took him into custody without incident.

St. Luke Christian Church pastor T.C. Johnson said his church isn't exempt from bad things.

"We're on planet earth, and things happen," he said.

"As I think about it, it's the human life that was not touched. I had young people, children here. Other peoples' children," Johnson said. "We were blessed that this person just hit the wall with the glass. We can always replace that. I mean, at the end of the day, I believe it was a blessing. Like I said, he had a mental situation and could have hurt some of the kids." 

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