Thursday, April 11, 2013

Man arrested for damaging Planned Parenthood clinic

An Indiana man was arrested after breaking into the Bloomington Planned Parenthood at 4 a.m. and damaging the building and equipment with an axe. 

A vandal with an ax smashed glass windows and doors, damaged computers and splashed red paint on Bloomington's Planned Parenthood clinic early Thursday morning.

Bloomington police arrested Benjamin D. Curell, 27, of Ellettsville, Thursday morning on preliminary felony charges of burglary and criminal mischief after causing "extensive damage" inside the facility. Police responded to a call about the break-in shortly after 3:51 a.m., according to Capt. Joseph Qualters, Curell was found in the main lobby area and said he vandalized the building because employees at Planned Parenthood "kill" and "murder" babies.....

Police have initially estimated the damage to be in excess of $2,500. Workers continued to remove red paint from the sides of double doors facing College Avenue as anti-abortion activists remained in front of the building for their regular protest day. Glass blocks at the front of the building were cracked. A window and door to the side of the building were also destroyed. Escorts remained outside of the building awaiting potential clients who may have not heard about the incident, while they also helped sweep up broken glass from the sidewalks and inside of door frames.     

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