RENAISSANCE AT COLONY PARK ITALIAN FOUNTAIN VANDELISM
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.