A Woodstock man was arrested and charged with vandalism of a local church Friday after running from deputies who responded to the report of a break-in there.

According to Cherokee Sheriff's Office spokesman, Capt. Jay Baker:

At around 11 a.m. Friday, deputies were sent to New Home Baptist Church located at the intersection of Ga. Highway 92 and Wiley Bridge Road to check out a report of a possible burglary.

When they arrived, deputies saw evidence of someone forcing their way in to the church. When they entered they discovered a man, who ran away when he saw them.

"With the assistance of Woodstock Police and Cobb County law enforcement a perimeter was quickly organized," Baker said. "A call was received at Cherokee 911 moments later from a citizen who reported a man matching the suspect’s description near Wiley Parc Circle. Deputies located the man sitting on the back porch of a residence and placed him under arrest."

Inside the church deputies discovered disparaging racial and religious comments written on the walls, pictures and furniture. Carl Allen Perkins, 20 of Woodstock, was charged with burglary, vandalism of a place of worship, criminal damage in the second degree and obstruction of an officer.

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