Woman charged in Mission Church assault

A woman is charged with using a religious statue as a weapon to attack police officers in a January outburst at Mission Church, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office.

In the previously unannounced incident on Jan. 2, Jamaica Plain resident Henrietta Egbuonu, 26, allegedly went on a rampage inside the Catholic Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help at 1545 Tremont St. She allegedly hurled religious statues at worshipers inside the building, better known as Mission Church. When police officers approached her, she allegedly brandished a three-foot-tall statue and then threw it at them, striking one officer in the arm, according to the DA’s Office. No one was reported as seriously injured.

After being held for evaluation at Boston Medical Center, Egbuonu has been charged with assault with a dangerous weapon; assault and battery on a police officer; malicious destruction of property; and causing injury to a church. At her arraignment on Sept. 27, she was released on her own recognizance pending trial, according to the DA’s Office.

From press materials.

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