Bloomington Planned Parenthood Vandalized, Man In Custody

Police say Benjamin Curell broke into the Planned Parenthood clinic Thursday morning, breaking windows and damaging office equipment.

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    Windows were broken and red paint splashed on the walls of the Bloomington Planned Parenthood office.

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    A window is covered with tape after it was broken at the Bloomington Planned Parenthood office.

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    Red paint coats the front walls of the Bloomington Planned Parenthood office.

The Planned Parenthood facility in Bloomington was vandalized early Thursday morning.

Police detained Ellettsville resident Benjamin D. Curell, 27, around 4 a.m. while he was still in the Planned Parent office. Police say Curell used an ax to break several windows, a glass door, and damage office equipment including a computer and copy machine. They say he also splashed red paint on the front of the building.

Police Chief Michael Dieckhoff says Curell was motivated by his beliefs.

“He claims when he was interviewed, he didn’t agree with the mission of Planned Parenthood and for religious reasons he did what he did,” he says.

Vice President for Patient services at Planned Parenthood Liz Carroll says the physical damage can be repaired, but it is much harder to change people’s mindsets, although they are trying.

I think part of it is educating people about the services we provide,” she says. “We have been a part of the Bloomington community for many many years and intend to continue to be a part of this community but most of the services we provide are preventative in nature.”

The initial damage estimate is around $2,500.

Currell has been charged with burglary, a class C felony and criminal mischief, a class D felony.

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