South Florida

Man Broke Into Palmetto Bay Village Hall, Smeared Blood on Flag: Cops

Authorities say a homeless man broke into a South Florida village hall building, caused $500,000 in damage and smeared blood on the walls and on an American flag.

An arrest report says 38-year-old Holdson Marcelin is charged with burglary, criminal mischief and causing property damage at Palmetto Bay Village Hall on April 3.

Miami-Dade Police said Marcelin smashed the entrance with a garbage can, then destroyed items in the lobby and turned over office equipment. Surveillance video recorded him cutting himself and smearing the blood on the walls and an American flag, which he dragged around.

During questioning, Marcelin asked officers if they saw what he did to the flag.

He remains in jail without bond. A lawyer isn't listed on jail records.

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