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An out-of-state man caught trespassing inside St. Peter’s Lutheran Church was arrested Sunday evening.
Patrick A. Campbell, 53, described by police as homeless, is facing preliminary charges of false informing and criminal trespassing.
At 7:30 p.m. Sunday, officers arrived at St. Peter’s, 719 Fifth St., after an employee told them a suspicious stranger was inside the building after-hours, Columbus Police spokesman Lt. Matt Myers said.
After searching the chapel, officers found Campbell in the upper area of the church sanctuary, Myers said. The suspect, who claimed he was on his way from Alabama to see family in Indianapolis, carried no identification and first identified himself with a name that did not show up on a national database, Myers said.
After the suspect was unable to tell police his family’s address in Marion County, he was handcuffed for safety purposes, Myers said. Finally, Campbell gave his true name, which turned up an arrest warrant issued in Georgia, Myers said. However, authorities in Georgia said they would not extradite Campbell back to their state, Myers said.
As of Monday afternoon, Campbell still was being held in the Bartholomew County Jail in lieu of $5,000 surety or $500 cash bond, according to a jail spokesman.
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