Two young men playing Pokemon Go were led to the prayer garden of a Roman Catholic church last week in Westport, Conn., according to police. But instead of finding the mystical creatures, they came across a naked woman who was vandalizing the property.
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Westport Police told the Connecticut Post that the naked woman in the garden had pulled lights from the ground, overturned a statue and benches and was throwing garbage from her car into a baptismal pond.
A naked woman vandalized a statue at St. Luke’s in Westport, discovered by two men playing #PokemonGo https://t.co/YtP3bo1twU
— Laura Weiss (@LauraEWeiss16) July 15, 2016
“She was a 40-something-year-old female, completely naked, going through a psychotic episode,” Lt. David Farrell told News 12.
The woman was not arrested but sent to a local hospital for evaluation instead.
The church’s pastor, Msgr. Andy Varga, said he felt “sadness” for the woman.
“Clearly, this is not a well individual,” he said. “We hope she gets well. Whatever it is that caused this in her, clearly it needs attention.”
Sister Maureen Fleming, the church’s outreach coordinator, told the Post that the damage done to the church is “all very fixable.”
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On Facebook, the church wrote: “This poor tormented woman came to church. How beautiful. All are welcome. Although the world will see destruction and sickness, we can see the Lord working to bring a soul home.”
On Sunday afternoon, the hugely popular mobile game was released in Canada. Excited players overloaded the servers in just an hour.
– With files from the Associated Press