FOX 9: Suspect admits to vandalism at Maple Grove church


The man caught on surveillance video vandalizing Pilgrims United Church of Christ in Maple Grove sat down with FOX 9 Wednesday night and admitted to damaging the building because of the church's stance on gay marriage.

"If you want to call me the right-wing, early-bird vandal, that would fit me," Lonny Roseland laughed.

Police have been looking for Roseland, who lives less than a mile away from Pilgrims United, after the church reported eggs smashed on the front door and anti-gay sentiments written on the building's siding Sunday morning.

Pilgrims United has been vocal about supporting same-sex marriage and has been targeted in the past, which Roseland also takes credit for.

"Show me in the Bible where gay persons could be married in eyes of God. You can't." Roseland told FOX 9. "If they were atheists I really wouldn't have had a problem with them, but they call themselves the United Church of Christ."

Maple Grove police handed over the case to the city attorney's office Wednesday for possible charges. Since the crimes are considered "bias-motivated," investigators are seeking gross misdemeanor damage to property charges.

See FOX's interview below:

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