El Paso police Wednesday identified the man accused of destroying the Sacred Heart of Jesus statue inside St. Patrick Cathedral.
Isaiah Cantrell, 30, of the 3600 block of Fort Boulevard, was arrested Tuesday in the vandalism.
Cantrell was charged with criminal mischief and possession of marijuana. He was booked into the El Paso County Jail in Downtown on bonds totaling $20,500. Jail records show he still was being held Wednesday afternoon.
The Texas chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a chapter of the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, Wednesday released a statement in solidarity with the diocese.
"As American Muslims, we are saddened whenever a house of worship is targeted by hate or violence," Executive Director Faizan Syed said. "Today, we stand in solidarity, the Christian community and with our brothers and sisters in the El Paso Diocese who are going through this tragedy. Our community knows the hurt and pain caused when our houses of worship are vandalized. You’re in our prayers and thoughts.”