Man sprayed graffiti at Bolingbrook Baptist church: cops

Man charged with criminal damage, defacement of property

Jeffrey Hayes

A man was arrested after he was charged with spraying graffiti on property belonging to Independent Baptist Church in Bolingbrook.

About 5:30 p.m. on Monday, officers were sent to Independent Baptist Church at 380 W. Boughton Road for a report of criminal damage to property, according to Bolingbrook police Lt. Anthony Columbus.

Officers found that two vehicles in the parking lot, the doors of a church shed and the concrete under a pavilion were spray-painted “with gang graffiti,” Columbus said.

While on scene, officers were notified a suspect was at the police department and wanted to surrender to police, Columbus said.

That suspect was identified by police as Jeffrey Hayes, 19, of the 300 block of Appling Lane in Bolingbrook.

Hayes told police he spray-painted “at the church because he thought a church vehicle nearly struck him earlier,” Columbus said.

Hayes was charged with criminal damage to property and criminal defacement of property. His bond was set at $100,000.

Hayes was previously arrested on May 19, 2020, on domestic battery and aggravated domestic battery charges.

On Jan. 14, a judge found Hayes guilty of one aggravated domestic battery and two domestic battery charges, court records show. He was found not guilty of another domestic battery charge.

Hayes was sentenced to 60 days in jail and credited with already serving 328 days. He was also sentenced to 24 months probation for one domestic battery offense, and 30 months’ probation for the other two offenses.

Hayes was released from jail on April 1.