A religious garden statue in Ohio has been vandalized with religious symbols and a Bible in a case that officials said appeared to be an isolated incident.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said Wednesday the statue of a bearded man praying outside a house in West Lebanon was removed by someone who did not know the family and did not realize it was a religious display.
DeWine, who said the vandalism was not believed to be connected to any other incident, said investigators did not have evidence to link the vandalism to any religious activity.
He said the case was a “tragic accident.”
The statue was painted on with black paint on the front of the house in the small village of West Lebanon.
DeWines office said Wednesday that the homeowner is a member of a Christian faith.
The case is a “very sad incident,” said DeWins office spokesman David Miller.
The victim is not identified and the circumstances surrounding the incident have not been released.
De Wines office, which is prosecuting the case, said the house has a sign in the front door that reads, “This is a Christian house.”
The sign was vandalished with the word “Christian” in red spray paint and “Vandalized” in black spray paint.
A neighbor who said he was present at the house said she saw a man and a woman enter the home and leave in a white SUV.
The woman was wearing a white hijab, while the man was wearing jeans and a blue T-shirt.
He was carrying a Bible.
De Wines said investigators were still searching for the vehicle that the woman and man left.
De Wilkins office said the man has been charged with criminal mischief and tampering with evidence.
It said the woman is charged with tampering with or damaging property and trespassing.