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65-Year-Old Woman Charged With Vandalizing Glendale City, Church Property With Racist Comments

A woman who allegedly vandalized city and church property in Glendale with racist comments was charged Tuesday with seven misdemeanor counts.

Jackie Rita Williams, 65, of Glendale, faces six counts of vandalism with under $400 in damage and one count of violation of civil rights for allegedly defacing a statue and other property belonging to the city of Glendale, the Armenian American Council on Aging and the Joyful Christian Community Church between Sept. 16 and Sept. 27.

Williams, who is set to be arraigned Wednesday at the Glendale courthouse, could face up to seven years in jail if convicted, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

Williams was arrested early last Friday morning in connection with damage to the Korean Comfort Women Monument in Glendale's Central Park, which had been vandalized several times in the past few months and was most recently defaced last Thursday, according to Glendale police.

"The actions of the suspect do not represent the values of our community," Glendale police Chief Carl Povilaitis said after Williams' arrest. "We are committed to dedicating the resources necessary to fully investigate and prosecute these crimes."

The police chief said detectives had been "working tirelessly to identify and apprehend the person responsible."

Williams has remained behind bars since her arrest, jail records show.

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