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Gazette Premium Content Police say hatchet-wielding man damaged church, car

by JESSICA Allison jessica.allison@gazette.com - Published: July 7, 2013

Colorado Springs Police arrested 31-year-old Austin Gelsinger on Saturday after they say he damaged a car and a church with a hatchet.

Officers were dispatched to 4304 Austin Bluffs Parkway at 7:42 p.m. Saturday after receiving reports of a man damaging a car in the parking lot with a hatchet. Police say all of the vehicle's windows were broken, and more than $2,000 worth of damage was done to the body of the vehicle in the form of hatchet marks.

At 8:03 p.m., officers were dispatched to the Holy Cross Lutheran Church at 4125 Constitution Avenue after reports of a break-in.

Police say they found Gelsinger inside the church and arrested him on suspicion of second-degree burglary and felony criminal mischief.

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