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Police report attack by woman wielding crucifix taken from vandalized creche display

December 31, 2014

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Police in Haverhill, Massachusetts arrested a homeless woman on December 30, charging that she attacked a police officer with a crucifix that had been taken from a vandalized Nativity scene outside a local Catholic church.

Police confronted the woman, identified as Amarellis Cermeno, after witnesses said that she had written the number “666”—a number associated with Satan—repeatedly across the outer walls of a Protestant church. She reportedly slashed at the police officer with a metal crucifix.

Upon investigation, police found that the crucifix had been taken from a crèche set up outside Sacred Heart church. Last week the figure of the baby Jesus had been removed from that crèche and replaced by the head of a newly butchered pig.

Cermeno has been charged with several criminal offenses. She is being held for psychiatric evaluation.


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