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Man says God told him to destroy horse statues with chainsaw, sledgehammer

Due to the extensive damage, Branch faces two counts of felony malicious mischief. Source: Madison County Due to the extensive damage, Branch faces two counts of felony malicious mischief. Source: Madison County
Last week he attacked the horses in the million dollar marble fountain. Source: WLBT Last week he attacked the horses in the million dollar marble fountain. Source: WLBT
RIDGELAND, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A Jackson man is accused of using a chainsaw and a sledgehammer to destroy statues of horses at an upscale Ridgeland shopping center. And he's claiming that God told him to do it. 

This wasn't Charles Branch's first time on the property of Renaissance at Colony Park, according to investigators.

Ridgeland police say 30-year-old Branch has targeted the Renaissance three times.

In September, he was busted for using a chainsaw to cut off the legs of an 11-foot tall horse at the entrance to P.F. Chang's. Last week, he attacked the horses in the million dollar marble fountain.

Sources say that Branch allegedly put some of the hooves on a grill at his home.

Lt. Myers with the Ridgeland Police Department says, "We did serve a search warrant on his home and we did find some of the hooves on a grill out back."

When asked if he could explain why Branch did that, Myers responded, "I'm not real sure about that." 

Police say that Branch claims his actions were a directive from God.

There was a great deal of reaction to the incident from shoppers at the Renaissance.  

"It's really sad. It's really beautiful," says Marianne Sidders, a visitors from Louisiana. 

Due to the extensive damage, Branch faces two counts of felony malicious mischief.

Management at the shopping center hopes the classic Italian marble fountain will undergo it's own renaissance in the hands of repair specialists.

This case is being turned over to a Madison County grand jury.

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