Man who vandalized temple fought with workers, ‘smeared blood thoughout’ inside

A window on the fifth floor of the St. George LDS Temple that was broken out by a man who broke into the temple and vandalized the interior before being apprehended, St. George, Utah, May 12, 2018 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

ST. GEORGE – A St. George man who broke into the St. George LDS Temple Saturday and caused thousands of dollars worth of damage is facing felony charges connected to the early-morning mayhem.

Charles Gregory Logan, of St. George, Utah, booking photo | Photo courtesy of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News

Just before 5 a.m., a security guard at the temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints contacted St. George Police about “an individual who was (possibly) inside the temple causing damage,” according to a probable cause statement.

Read more: Man breaks into, vandalizes St. George LDS Temple; temple worker describes incident

A responding officer was told that a temple worker had encountered an individual, later identified as 22-year-old Charles Gregory Logan, who was wearing dark clothing and “smashing a chair and table in the female dressing room.”

Logan would then run out of the dressing room to a stairwell that took him to the fourth and fifth floors while the temple worker ran out of the room “frightened and scared.”

As the officer spoke to the security guard, another temple worker came running into the lobby and told them that temple workers on the fifth floor were fighting with the intruder.

“I ran to the top floor and found the individual … wrestling on the ground with two temple workers,” the responding police officer wrote in the statement.

The temple worker had asked Logan to come with them and he “had refused and became agitated.” In response, the two grabbed Logan to keep him from causing additional damage. During the struggle, Logan put one of the men in a headlock and caused a cut to his left ear.

Temple workers examine a window on the St. George LDS Temple’s fifth floor that was broken by a man who broke into the temple and vandalized the interior before being apprehended, St. George, Utah, May 12, 2018 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

The officer, who was joined by an additional officer, told Logan he was under arrest and ordered him to roll onto his stomach. When Logan refused to comply, the two officers “went hands on” with him.

“Charles refused several commands to stop resisting and actively resisted attempts to place him into handcuffs,” the officer wrote. “After a few minutes of struggling with Charles he was taken into custody.”

It was determined Logan had smashed out a ground-level window to that led into the female temple workers’ dressing room. He proceeded to cause “extensive damage” as he ran through the temple and up to the fifth floor.

He broke several chairs and a glass table on the ground floor, followed by more chairs and tables and lamps on the fourth and fifth floors. He also broke out some of the windows and “smeared blood throughout the area,” the officer wrote.

The St. George Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, St. George, Utah, May 12, 2018 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

Temple security estimated the damages to run between $10,000 and $15,000.

Logan was taken to Dixie Regional Medical Center for examination before being charged with criminal offenses related to the vandalism spree.

Logan has been charged with felony-level counts of burglary and criminal mischief, misdemeanors for assault and interfering with an arrest and an infraction for disorderly conduct.

Logan has prior convictions in Washington County for misdemeanor drug possession.

Police couldn’t confirm to St. George News Monday any motive Logan may have had for breaking into the temple.

While the incident caused the temporary closure of the temple Saturday morning, operations returned to normal shortly thereafter.

Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.

Email: mkessler@stgnews.com

Twitter: @MoriKessler

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16 Comments

  • dogmatic May 14, 2018 at 5:23 pm

    This freak reminds me of Charles mansion. Evil animal fueled with drugs. They should have called animal control instead of the police.

    • comments May 14, 2018 at 8:01 pm

      That’s a bit of a stretch. Didn’t charles manson sexually torture and murder dozens of women? This guy probably has severe psychiatric issues and needs to be medicated, but charles manson, really? I think not. Lighten up.

      • comments May 14, 2018 at 8:02 pm

        oh, I was thinking of Ted Bundy. Gettin’ old, can’t keep track of my serial killers anymore, hahahah 😉

        • comments May 14, 2018 at 8:04 pm

          I guess if this guy has killed some people, he might be on the level of your charles manson. guess we’ll find out 😉

          • Arcana May 15, 2018 at 6:30 am

            Charles Manson didn’t actually kill anyone himself. His followers did. Also, breaking in somewhere is no where near as bad as murdering innocent people. You guys are ridiculous.

          • comments May 15, 2018 at 11:00 am

            ok 😉

  • Real Life May 14, 2018 at 5:31 pm

    I believe the shirt this guy is wearing is very telling to his state of affairs.

    • comments May 14, 2018 at 8:06 pm

      a schizophrenic who’s off his meds and has latched onto some loony “satanist” stuff?

  • NickDanger May 14, 2018 at 9:02 pm

    Oh come on, folks, we’ve all broken into and vandalized a few churches in our day.

  • utahdiablo May 14, 2018 at 9:28 pm

    Temple workers should have taken him to the roof look out and…..Look out, here comes Mother Earth…. …
    Ed. ellipsis

    • Striker4 May 15, 2018 at 1:04 am

      Ha Ha stupid you got edited

  • statusquo May 15, 2018 at 7:18 am

    What’s all the fuss? It’s only a building that was slightly damaged.

  • Wolverine May 15, 2018 at 8:08 am

    Hmmm Ok, Not very “Christian” comments listed here. But, then again, I am not terribly surprised in a comments section of the online news in a UT publication. Disappointed, yes, everyday by the “faithful” hypocrites I see on display in this state. To me, he’s clearly someone who needs some professional help, Mental issues most likely, Substance abuse , possibly…but let’s just all make snap judgments about what a POS he is, without knowing who he is and what circumstances possibly led him to commit this crime. To me, this young man is someone’s son, grandson, and most importantly a loved human being. He clearly needs some major help in getting well and back to being a functioning, responsible human being. Did he break the law, yep absolutely, and I’m sure he’ll pay for it too, as he should. However, I don’t consider him irredeemable for these actions. Out of his mind at the time that he did them, you betcha! We all make bad decisions and sometimes stupid, destructive decisions that we regret later when we’re in a clearer state of mind and reflection. This young man seemed to go for extra credit in the bad decision department with this one. OOPS, guess that’s my faith showing, something you all don’t seem to have much of. Karma’s a bitch people, remember that.

    • ladybugavenger May 15, 2018 at 9:49 am

      What do you expect? We have “atheist” comnenting lol…heres my Christian input. This guy needs Jesus! Shame on him! Turn or burn!

    • comments May 15, 2018 at 11:03 am

      Well, LDS culture has a bit of a track record for cruelty and inhumanity. A good example is the mountain meadows massacre–happened just a few miles up the road from here…

  • Mike P May 15, 2018 at 1:07 pm

    I’m sorry, but I’m totally loving this story ! I hope they keep it going, even the closet mormans are coming out on this one!

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