A Flagstaff man broke into the Church of the Resurrection on Sunday, stealing two bibles and a cross before fighting with Flagstaff Police Department officers who took him into custody.
At 5:20 p.m., officers responded to 740 W. University Heights Drive after receiving a call that a man had forced his way into the church there.
Officers walked to the front of the church and saw a man holding two bibles and a cross. William Wilson, 35, told officers that he took the crosses from the church. Wilson was arrested for burglary, failure to provide his real name and theft.
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The Coconino County Detention Facility refused to take Wilson, who was then transported to the Flagstaff Medical Center.
According to FPD, after being evaluated at the Flagstaff Medical Center, Wilson dragged his feet to resist a police escort to a patrol vehicle. Wilson then struck an officer in the mouth with his shoulder, starting an altercation that led to an injury on the officer’s hand.
Wilson was then booked into the jail for aggravated assault on a police officer, burglary and theft. The failure to provide truthful name charge was dropped after Wilson gave his name to Flagstaff Medical Center staff.