Man Arrested After Breaking into Church

According to Wayne County Sheriff Tim Catron a Wayne County man has been arrested on multiple charges including burglary of a church.

At 3:43 am on May 2, 2021 Deputy Jacob Vanover responded to the Canada Creek Baptist Church area on East Kentucky Highway 92 after receiving a call about a man running off from a residence when he was told the Sheriff’s Office was responding. The second call into the Wayne County Dispatch Center provided information that someone had broken into the church and was turning the lights on and off.

Upon arrival to the Church Deputy Vanover located the male suspect standing inside the church yelling. Deputy Vanover gave the suspect verbal commands to come outside. The suspect refused to come out and when Deputy Vanover entered the church the suspect continued to refuse the Deputies commands and then started throwing Bibles and the church’s song books at him. After Deputy Vanover deployed his Taser and a brief struggle the suspect was subdued and was placed under arrest.  An inspection of the church by Deputy Vanover he found the front door damaged, and two windows had been broken. Deputy Vanover was assisted at the scene by Sheriff Catron.

Deputy Vanover charged and arrested Lucas J. Decker of Monticello, Ky. for burglary-3rd degree, criminal mischief-1st degree, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct-1st degree, menacing, assault-3rd degree-Police or Probation Officer and for public intoxication-controlled substance (excludes alcohol).


Decker was lodged in the Wayne County Detention Center. 



In other unrelated activity the Sheriff Office arrested the following.


Kaleb Gregory of Monticello, Ky. was arrested for operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and for a traffic violation.


Lance P. Oineza of Winnie Texas was arrested for alcohol intoxication in a public place.


Hailey J. Johnston of Monticello, Ky. was arrested on a Kentucky Parole Board Mandatory Reentry Supervision Violation Warrant of Arrest for absconding parole supervision, failure to attend a Halfway House program, failure to cooperate with Parole Officer and for failure to report to Parole Officer as directed. Johnston was also arrested on a Wayne County District Court Warrant of Arrest for failure to appear for a Motion Hour on the underlying charges of wanton endangerment-2nd degree -Police Officer, criminal mischief-2nd degree and for non-payment of costs, fees or fines.


 Gregory, Oineza and Johnston were lodged in the Wayne County Detention Center.