Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Update on Renaissance vandalism and prosecution

Renaissance developer Andrew Mattiace issued this statement today:


RIDGELAND, MS: Renaissance Manager, Andrew Mattiace, stated, “We are devastated at the destruction of The Renaissance at Colony Park Italian Fountain and want to thank everyone that has expressed concern. This custom designed, quarried marble fountain is the focal point of the main entrance to the Center, and has become an area landmark and tourist destination. It is a favorite location for family, school group and prom photos.

We have been in communication with the fabricator and technicians that installed the Fountain. They are working with our photographs and will be on site next week to further review the extent of the damage. We look forward to having the horses repaired in early 2016.

We are thankful that our on-site security team was able to witness and report the offense, and we are grateful for the quick response from the Ridgeland Police Department and their apprehension of the perpetrator before he did further damage or worse, harmed someone.”

 Kingfish note: Thank you, Mr. Mattiace, for providing this statement.  More than a few people were outraged by what happened to that piece of beautiful artwork.   The suspect, Charles Branch, is bound over to the Madison County grand jury.  The grand jury meets on January 13, 2016. 

Branch was arrested earlier this year for trying to cut down the horse statues in front of P.F. Chang's with a chainsaw.  It is not known if he was wearing overalls and asked for a Nehi belly washer.  Page two of the incident report posted below contains the details of that attack.  It is probably safe to say that Branch is probably mentally ill. 

Branch is currently held in the Madison County jail on a $2,500 bond.  However, sources tell JJ that his family refuses to post bail for the suspect. 


Anonymous said...

This S oB needs to be sent to Whitfield!!!!

Anonymous said...

Another instance of a mentally unstable person off their meds or what ever. Thankfully he nor any other person was hurt or killed and it was only the statue that was hurt. I think the family is doing the right thing by not posting bond. NOW, maybe the city courts and elected judges will do the right thing and have this guy committed before something REALLY bad happens to him and the cops get blamed or he hurts or kills someone.

JJ TROLL Alert said...

Another instance of a mentally unstable person off their meds or what ever.

You really don't have a clue, or know, or whatever, but only comment here ad nauseum to barf about your incredibly narrow, and uninformed, world view. Or whatever.

Anonymous said...

Sure wish Andy showed this much conscious when he decided to stiff Ridgeland on the TIF tax payments he owed. Better hire an private army Andy, it only gets worse and some of us law abiding taxpayers won't be on your side when the chaos breaks out.

Anonymous said...

8:12 - Read the police report, you moron.

Chain Saw or Sledge Hammer? said...

The charge is terribly under-stated. Malicious Mischief Under $1000? Who the hell came up with that. It will cost ten thousand to repair it.

Anonymous said...

Thirty years old. That means his momma is prolly 44. Represent!

Anonymous said...

JJ Troll....why don't you step up and pay Mr Branch's bond since his family wont. Let him come live with you and be your responsibility.

It is sickening that this guy is in the public destroying others property. Why don't you go buy him some horses and so he can cut them up on your dime.

Anonymous said...

...Andrew Mattiace, stated, “We are devastated at the destruction of The Renaissance at Colony Park Italian Fountain and want to thank everyone that has expressed concern."
give me a break, thankful it was not a active gunman, still thinking of the nice grandmother in town for business gunned down at Logan's, her mistake was being in a parking lot.

Anonymous said...

I just looked at the home of the Medusa-like thing with the scary eyebrows (what did people do, before Google?). The shutters are PINK. There are exactly Three shrubs in the yard (FHA minimum), even though it's a 1960s 'Fine Brick Dream Home'. And there's a little pink outbuilding in back, with bars in front of the door.

Is the little pink structure where the creature is normally kept 'put-up'? Did it get loose?

Anonymous said...

8:12 pm also doesn't think he needs his meds!

Even if 8:12 pm and this crazy vandal could be involuntarily committed by the court for being " a danger to themselves or others", once they were stabilized on their meds, they'd have to be released.
Once released, no one can make them stay on their meds.

Attacking a statues of horses is not likely seen by the court as being dangerous to themselves or other humans.

Unfortunately, judges don't know much about mental illness so someone will have to be hurt first and psychiatrists are not willing to risk being sued by some ambulance chaser wanting a piece of their malpractice insurance to testify a danger until it happens.

And, KF, you might find it interesting to look at the Whitfield board that decides who is or isn't released. Ask about their decision process.

The law needs to be changed. You can protect the rights of the mentally ill without putting even statues in danger!

As usual, though, the political extremists on the left and right prevent any practical solutions.

Anonymous said...

That's right. Only the people in the center have solutions. Get over yourself.

Anonymous said...

His problem is rather obvious: He snakes coming out of his head!!! Someone take a chainsaw to them!

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately the snakes are the voices giving him suggestions. Bad suggestions.

Anonymous said...

7:06 is singing my song. Yes, it is a menace to society to release people just because they are "stabilized" on meds. Almost all quit taking their meds when given freedom. This is proven over and over and over. Is there any case being taken up the chain to change the Supreme Court's decision to release these dangerous people back into society on a wholesale basis. Some may become responsible and keep taking meds, but a review of non-addicted homeless persons ought to convince the Court otherwise.

Recently, it was announced that a form of slow release medication is now available; one that cannot be removed. Tie the medication to the checks and many people would be able to lead much more normal lives and not be a danger to themselves and others.

Have no idea what is wrong with the statue attacker but reported behavior seems to indicate a very sick mind and no impulse control. Not a candidate for running free.

Anonymous said...

He has a problem with horses.....send his dreadlock wearin ass to Canada. They eat horses up there....he should feel right at home.

She-At Gonna Happen said...

Face Facts Folks (as the lawyer says in his commercial).....There is no way to control crazies or anticipate their behavior.

Every time one of them creates a problem of national acclaim, we start moaning about mental health, people saying something when they see something and changing the rules so we can restrain people in institutions.

In the words of Kennuff Stoak, 'Shit gonna happen'. Shit alway been done happen and shit alway gone to happens. Periot.

I jess be glad he din't attack that cop who be hidin' out at the roundabout ketchin' peepuls jumpin' lane.

Anonymous said...

Some men have a foot fetish. Does this perpetrator have a fetish for horses' hoofs?

Anonymous said...

She-at Gonna Happen

That bad things will happen doesn't mean that we are helpless in reducing the probabilities.

Moreover, if you do nothing, you guarantee bad things will happen!

We did a much better job of reducing the impact of mental illness on society in the past. Until the early '70's families were able to get help for family members with mental illness . Whitfield had long term care for those so mentally ill or dangerous that they couldn't function in society.

There's the reason we didn't see homeless people on the street very often. They were picked up by police and taken to a treatment facility where the sometimes managed to improve.

Once upon a time, you could even take a substance abuse addict and have them involuntarily " dried out" for 21 days so that you were at that point, talking to a human and not to the drugs or alcohol. Removing the symptoms of withdrawal and addiction , sometimes worked.

Waiting for those who are abusing drugs or alcohol " to hit bottom" is inviting brain damage and possible death and was and is one of the dumbest scientifically baseless notions to ever be politically and culturally embraced in a long list of '60s and '70's pop culture nonsense! It is right up there with the " right to be crazy" which assumes a well and rational person would choose insanity. The mentally ill are just that " ill". And, diagnosis and treatment, especially with the invention of the MRI so we can now see what is happening in the brain and understand more of the body's chemistry as well, has advanced dramatically.

Crazy Iz Az Crazy Do said...

8:25; There has never been a time in Mississippi when an addict could be involuntarily required to stay in a treatment program for 21 days.

While for many years (and currently) it's been possible to get a court ordered institutionalization, it's always been impossible to require they stay there.

Please check your facts before posting. But, thanks for your medical lecture.

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