Police: Man not allowed into community meal, smashed church door

John Parks, III of Greenfield had allegedly been disruptive in the past

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John Parks, III is charged with vandalism and disorderly conduct following an incident at the Second Congregational Church in Greenfield on January 3, 2017.

GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A man who became enraged after he wasn’t allowed to volunteer at a community meal, smashed the glass on a church door, Greenfield police say.

John Parks, III, 36, of Greenfield, has been charged with vandalism/defacement of real property and disorderly conduct following the incident at the Second Congregational Church Tuesday evening.

According to a posting on the department’s official Facebook page, Parks had shown up about half an hour before the scheduled start of a community meal at the church, but the coordinator of the program refused to allow Parks to volunteer- given that he had behaved in a disruptive manner in the past. Police say this angered Parks, who began yelling and swearing, which disturbed the people who were inside the church, including a young child. The people inside the church then heard a banging noise, and noticed that the church door had been smashed.

Parks had left the area by the time police got there, at around 4:30, but an officer found the suspect near his Wells Street home, and placed him under arrest.