Woman arrested, apologizes after vandalizing Logan Heights church

Kelly Duggan apologized for her actions from jail
Posted at 4:08 PM, Apr 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-06 02:37:27-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Police Wednesday arrested a woman they say vandalized a church Monday afternoon. 

Kelly Duggan, 26, was arrested after police say she caused more than $1,000 worth of damage to Our Lady of Guadalupe Church.

10News Reporter Bree Steffen Reach out Duggan, who agreed to a jailhouse interview. Duggan told us that she's in an emotional state, heartbroken over her mother's death. 

"I don't know what's going on anymore, and that's what's making me mad," she said. "I'll still pay for it, that's fine."

According to authorities, Duggan threw a wooden kneeler at a Plexiglas window protecting a religious shrine, breaking both the kneeler and the glass.

Duggan also destroyed several flower vases decorating the shrine before leaving the church, police say. She was arrested for felony vandalism after being spotted in Barrio Logan.

Duggan said she didn't vandalize the church out of disrespect or hate for the faith. The church told 10News they caught Duggan's action on their surveillance cameras but didn't share the video because they worried that people who saw might harm her. 

Duggan had this message for the church: "Thank you for forgiving me, you know, out of the kindness of your heart."