SEATTLE. KOMO NEWS - Services are on hold at a Rainier Beach church after a naked man smashed through a window Saturday, spattering HIV-positive blood inside and leaving a trail of destruction through the house of worship.
Officials believe the suspect was high on PCP during his unholy rampage through the Unity Church of God in Christ. And now parishioners are left in shock by the bizarre incident.
Neighbors say it was about 4 a.m. Saturday when the man hurled his naked body against a window and smashed through.
The jagged, broken glass left cuts all over his body that created a trail of blood spatters throughout the interior of the church.
The pastor, Rev. James Hicks, says church members started cleaning up the mess until they learned that the man is HIV-positive and has hepatitis C - possibly creating a bio-hazard inside the house of worship.
The rampage went from room to room - a picture gallery was torn from the walls, a trophy case was broken open, mirrors were shattered - and blood was smeared on walls, fixtures and furniture.
The pastor can't make sense of it.
"Just to see (the pictures) torn up on the floor. It was really, really really devastating to us," he said.
"The thing is that he cut himself, and he had blood all over the trophy case, blood where the mirror was, blood around the doors."
The naked vandal triggered an alarm, and police arrested him outside a short time later.
Volunteers got busy cleaning up until they realized the potential danger.
"They said, 'We don't suggest that you do this clean-up,'" Hicks says.
The pastor canceled church services until he knows how much blood splattered - and where.
He also referred to an incident that happened behind his church decades ago that could explain the rampage.
"His brother had hung himself in 1980, and that's the only thing that we can assume," he says.
"To know that it's 29 years ago, the first Sunday in June, that his brother - I remember - was hanging in that plum tree," says one of the parishioners, Jacqualine Hicks-Lenard.
The suspect was treated at a hospital before heading to jail.
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