Visitors to Renaissance at Colony Park can once again enjoy seeing one of the true masterpieces of public art in Mississippi. The marble horses that are part of the fountain are repaired and proudly welcome people to the shopping destination.
Ridgeland police arrested Jackson resident Clay Branch on December 28, 2015 for attacking the statues and breaking off all of the horse legs with a sledgehammer. Police found the broken-off pieces in his grill at home. Ridgeland police charged him with malicious mischief and took him into custody. He posted a $2,500 bond on January 11 and is now free pending trial.
Law enforcement sources told JJ that Branch suffers from mental illness and his family cannot afford to purchase the medication used to treat him. He was arrested earlier last year for trying to destroy the horse statues in front of P.F. Chang's with a chainsaw. The picture below shows the damage to the horses.
|Statues after sledgehammer attack. Credit: Rick Guy|
Lest we forget, here is the perp. If you see him at Renaissance, call 911 immediately, assuming you are not armed.