Ex-boyfriend arrested for stalking and vandalism of 18 cars outside a prayer service

EVERGREEN, Colo. - The vandalism of 18 cars parked outside a prayer service in January was related to a dispute between a boyfriend and his ex-girlfriend, investigators now say.

On February 1, 7NEWS reported the vandal had poured paint-stripper on the cars parked outside a prayer meeting at The Barn at Evergreen Memorial Park on January 29 between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Jacki Kelley, spokeswoman for the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, now reports that an additional car was added to the earlier count of 17. The total value of the damage to the vehicles was $56,000.

Windows of the barn were also broken prior to the prayer meeting.

Kelley says Investigator Kent Ferris has worked on this case since it was first reported. Eventually, he obtained an arrest warrant for Wilbur Leonard Pugh, Jr., 50.

A car belonging to Pugh's former girlfriend was one of the vehicles damaged that day and the motive for the vandalism is believed to be related to their relationship.

Pugh was arrested at his home in Lone Tree on July 26, Kelley said, for felony criminal mischief and domestic violence harassment-stalking.