Montgomery County Sheriff deputies were dispatched to a suspected burglary in progress at Silver Springs Baptist Church Sept. 10.
When deputies arrived, shortly after 3 p.m., they met with a witness who said that she had been inside the church with the doors locked and she heard someone trying to break open the front door.
The witness was confronted inside the church by a man, identified as Juan Ramon Maldonado, 19, of Magnolia, who simply stated that he "came to pray."
The witness contacted other church staff to ensure that no one should be inside the building, contacted the sheriff's office and then left the building with her three children.
Deputy Uber and his K-9 partner entered the building and the K-9 tracked the suspect to the sanctuary, where the suspect was found sitting at a piano. The suspect was arrested and taken to jail. He was charged with Criminal Trespass of a Building.
There was no property damage to the building or contents and there had been no apparent attempt of theft. The suspect told deputies that he "came to pray" and that he had pulled the door open forcefully to gain entry.