Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Can't have anything nice around here.

Update: Ridgeland PD said suspect is held on a $2,500 written bond. He is bound over to grand jury. The crime will be prosecuted as a felony due to the dollar amount. He has not been arrested before by JPD. He was arrested in September for doing the same thing to the horse statues in front of P.F. Chang's.  The suspect is from Jackson. 

Original post:

Can't have anything nice in this area. Some punk decided to go knock the hooves off of the horse statues that populate the fountain at the Renaissance at Colony Park.   A man allegedly used a sledgehammer to attack the horse statues and Italian fountain.  Ridgeland Police were called to the scene at 6:00 AM yesterday and charged Charles Branch with malicious mischief.   The black male is thirty years old.  He is currently a resident of the Madison County jail.  It is not known what the bond for Branch is.   JJ is working to obtain his identity and more information.  See the damage for yourself.  Free-lance photographer Rick Guy shot these photos for JJ










Here is a picture of the horses before the attack.


Now for the mugshot and arresting information of our barbarian:



Update: WAPT picked up the story:


55 comments:

Anonymous said...

$50 says it was a democrat. $100 says it's a democrat from Jackson.

Anonymous said...

Yes, I'd like to know who was arrested. What an outrage.

Anonymous said...

Wow. If security is that poor, then don't leave your car there overnight.

Anonymous said...

Nothing but Jackson thugs. We need a gate at the county line.

Anonymous said...

There is no reason at all a person would do such a thing. Just plain worthlessness. A person such as this is worse than a thief, a pure low life.

Anonymous said...

5:52:
'If security is that poor...' !?!

They caught the a-hole! You think there should be 24 hour security around a fountain? And he will get real jail tome, this isn't Jackistan...

Anonymous said...

If you build it they will come ... To Madison and wreck your perceived safe haven. Until Jackson improves this type of thing will continue to increase in frequency.

Anonymous said...

THIS IS WHY WE ARE LEAVING MADISON FOR GLUCKSTADT. Ridgeland is as terrifying as Jackson now and I have to insulate my children!

Anonymous said...

Maybe this is as close as he could get to copying the guy in Equus.

Anonymous said...

Those must be venomous snakes coming out of his head. A male Medusa?

Anonymous said...

Mmmhmm. Bet he wouldn'tve done that to a statute of BLACK horses....
(See how ridiculous that sounds all you amateur race hustlers?)

Straight up I55 said...

the horse hoofs are just the tip of the iceberg...just wait until Costco opens...Crime is moving north

Black Horses Matter said...

As a fellow African American, I too, was offended by all four horses being white. I am sure other white statues will be removed, just like they are doing in New Orleans

Anonymous said...

6:20 it would sound ridiculous but, sadly, it is probably true.
New Orleans is a sewer. The whole U.S. got the chance to see what is there the last time it was flushed.

Anonymous said...

seems he wanted arrested, stood in place with his sledge hammer. when a man is carrying a sledge hammer around a shopping area, sort of a clue something is going to be broken.

Anonymous said...

There is a difference in a black racist and a crazy man chopping statues with a sledge hammer. Quit stereotyping. Both exist, but don't lump the two together.

Anonymous said...

yeah, now Gluckstadt is the mecca of safety and whiteness. It is two miles north of Madison, which is headed for the toilet. And three miles from Canton.

PS....most thugs have cars, or access to a stolen car. Quit acting like there is a big difference in Madison "the city" and Ridgeland. Or Pearl for that matter. The whole state is either black or redneck. City titles don't matter as much as you want them to.

Anonymous said...

Could it be that the suspect was merely expressing his disapointment when he discovered these fine steeds were not stump broke?

Anonymous said...

City titles do matter. The city of jackson is the problem

Anonymous said...

A thug with a sledgehammer in Ridgeland. I guess there is nothing left to destroy in Jackson.

Anonymous said...

An absolute shame. If I remember correctly Jim Barksdale placed this fountain in the center as a memorial to his first wife. Don't know what got into this derranged guy's mind, but I'd bet it has more to do with just 'he's from Jackson'. But based on the JJ base - whatever happens that they don't like is Jackson's fault. Since there will continue to be shitty things happening throughout the metro area, guess they should all move on to some other state. But hey, there will still be bad stuff happening there - maybe they should move out of the continent. Sooner or later, maybe they will realize that there are bad folks, and idiots, everywhere - and they all don't originate in Jackson.

No mo horsie said...

@8:08. There is plenty to destroy in Jackson. He destroyed the only nice Thang in Ridgeland. Oops.

Anonymous said...

We're sending all of our thugs to Madison. Your gates and walls won't be enough to protect you! You do understand that thugs drive old Crowne Vics that are perfectly capable of traveling to Madison/Ridgeland/Gluckstadt/Canton etc. Get used to it!!! Jackson's thugs are looking for greener pastures and YOU are their target!

Anonymous said...

Potemkin's village rages again. Pay no attention to the criminals behind the faux stucco curtain.

Anonymous said...

This is just horrible on so many levels! It doesn't matter where he lives, the color of his skin, if he is male or female! What gives you the right to destroy things that belong to other people? Absolutely nothing!!!!

Anonymous said...

And when it all breaks down to chaos and we're looking for heads to payback we'll find a weakling like yours @8:56 PM. COUNT ON IT!

Smile for da camera said...

No one has even discussed the real dilemma....where will the Calloway students go now for prom pics

Anonymous said...

I once worked with a lifelong resident of the Jackson area. His solution to the carry-over crime from Jackson into surrounding communities was to build a wall, and shoot 'em if they crossed. Works for me.

Kingfish said...

How do you know he is from Jackson?

Anonymous said...

Give him a trial, yes, but then the natural consequence punishment would be to drown the perp in the fountain.

Anonymous said...

This criminal act supports Gene McGee's efforts to rid Ridgelend of this problem. He's starting with taking away their housing for the criminals.

Anonymous said...

Please notice that the thing has had its eyebrows waxed.

Anonymous said...

"Thing" will offer an insanity defense......or he was off his meds......or his family knew he had problems and couldn't do a "thing" with him...or or or...

Anonymous said...

seems like the proper punishment for this crime is to take a sledgehammer to his 'hooves' until they come off.

Anonymous said...

So was it spice or something else? This moron should be flogged in public. Thankfully the vandalism was all he did...this time.

Anonymous said...

@ 1:23 - May be on "down low" with a certain DA who likes his high and tight as well.

Anonymous said...

I suppose it would be wrong to suggest VIVISECTION (under anesthesia, of course), and sale of its organs, in the event that its relatives cannot cough up the money for repair/replacement of that which it has destroyed.

Anonymous said...

This statue is reminiscent of the one in Rimini, Italy and quite beautiful. Rimini's is and has been open to the public for almost 100 years. The Pieta by Michael Angelo, in the Vatican was attacked in the 1970's by a crazed man from Holland; it is now ensconced behind thick bulletproof glass inside the Vatican. Not nearly as lovely to see with the enclosure. Why one would attack a piece of art is beyond me, but I don't see it as particularly racial. I see it more as one who wants their life to be beautiful and just cannot get there on the path they have chosen, so they attack beauty or whatever represents beauty to them. Rape is not caused by a desire for sex; it is motivated by anger and hurt and a need to inflict pain on another. I see this is similar to rape.

Anonymous said...

WAPT runs with it w/o attribution then the C-L follows suit.

Anonymous said...

I would love to know who provides Internet to the commenters on this thread (and of the HUD v Ridgeland thread). I'm so impressed these commenters are able to get wifi in their underground bunkers!

From beginning to end, the comments on this thread are racist and stupid. Please, save your hate for Jackson for a story that actually pertains to the city. As to your cheering on the removal of black people (or as you call them, "democrats" or "criminals," from Ridgeland, you are the reason so many people have an actual reason to laugh at Mississippi.

However, please continue to show the world you should not be taken seriously. The more you do that, out-of-towners will put less stock on your idiotic opinions - as they should!

Jacksonian sans bunker. said...

Thank you, 10:18!!!

Kingfish said...

WAPT and JJ collaborated. I got the tip, went out there, and then asked Rick to take pictures for JJ. I provided pics to WAPT with the undertanding they give Rick full credit for pictures. and they contacted law enforcement and provided the info. They later sent a reporter to scene who got a great live shot video of the fountain at night. Was really pretty but for the damage.

However, the CL did nothing but rip off WAPT. Sad they wouldn't include a picture from a former photographer with his name on it.

Messick said...

10:18 = 11:17

(or they share an office)

Anonymous said...

Good job on the reporting Kingfish. I appreciate it. A horrible situation but an important story.

Anonymous said...

However, the CL did nothing but rip off WAPT. Sad they wouldn't include a picture from a former photographer with his name on it.

The CL is consistently useless.

Anonymous said...

When is this cutting off of marble hooves and putting them in the grill going to stop?

Anonymous said...

The "Thing" was only doing what New Orleans is doing.

Anonymous said...

The guy was actually banned from the property months ago for trying to cut down the PF Chang horses with a chain saw one morning. He is a very sick and helpless character who needs mental help and shouldn't be left to rome our city streets. His family should be held responsible as well. Just for the record.

Anonymous said...

Yep. He tried to chainsaw them before. He's got a huge tattoo of "Veni, vidi, vici" across his shoulders. The Italian faux motif sets him off. You know, "I came, I sawed, I conquered." It was fun, fun, fun, till the PoPo took his chainsaw away.

Calpurnia said...

Oh, thanks 3:21, you are my kinda Anonymous! Hoot!

Collaborate This... said...

Kingfish: While you're self-stroking, you forgot to get the facts correct. The perp is indeed a Jackson resident. The perp did not use a sludge-Hammuh. He used a chain saw.

Anonymous said...

Up early and at 'me at 5:54, while you're busy getting on KF, you mis-spoke. The perpetrator did indeed use a sledgehammer in this most recent incident. Though he did use a chainsaw in a previous incident at P. F. Chang's.

@ 9:18 said...

Read the police report, dumbass!

Anonymous said...

So rude, 11:07. Don't call people names when you are politely corrected. @9:18 states facts.

Kingfish said...

The residence of the perp was not known when the post was written. It was updated.

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