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Man Accused of Vandalism, Hate Crime at Pasadena Church of Scientology

Published on Saturday, October 2, 2021 | 12:26 pm
The Church of Scientology of Pasadena, 35 S. Raymond Ave. in Pasadena, as pictured in an Google Street View image.

Police arrested a man on suspicion of vandalism and a hate crime following a violent and apparently drunken outburst at the Church of Scientology in Pasadena on Friday evening, authorities said.

The man showed up at the facility, 35 S. Raymond Ave., shortly before 7:40 p.m. and attempted to go inside but was approached by church staff, Pasadena police Lt. Anthony Burgess said.

The man began making threats against the church and kicked a hole in the closed front door, according to the lieutenant.

Responding officers found a man matching the description nearby, who appeared to be intoxicated, and took him into custody without a struggle, Burgess said.

Benjamin Patino, 40, of Los Angeles was booked on suspicion of vandalism and committing a hate crime, he said.

Details regarding Patino’s bail amount and initial court date were not available Saturday.

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