Pastor Accused of Keying Car Parked in Handicap Spot

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SEARCY, Ark. – It won’t take quarters, soap, scrubbing or water to fix a long scratch along Erica Jenkins’ car.

“I’m shocked at the whole thing,” she says.

Jenkins says her decision to park in a handicap parking spot in 2016, even though she’s not disabled, has turned into a nightmare.

“All of the parking spaces were full so I just parked in the handicap spot to run into my dorm and use the bathroom,” says Jenkins. “I heard this man shouting ma’am, ma’am, you don’t look like your handicap and he was just going on and on.”

Surveillance footage shows, she says the same man walking out of his way and close to her car then getting into his.

She believes he’s the one who keyed her car.

“I really was going to move my car. I did move it. It was only there for about 20 minutes,” says Jenkins.

In a report, Searcy Police lists Dennis McCarty, a Pastor at Pyburn Street Church of Christ in Pocahontas as a suspect in the case.

He’s been charged with Criminal Mischief, a misdemeanor.

“You can be a Christian and preach the word of God and do something like this — it’s very surprising to me,” says Jenkins.

McCarty said there are two sides to every story and he’ll have his day in court soon.

A carwash may not clean Jenkins car the way she wants it but the college student is riding away with no grudges.

“I forgive him because that’s what God tells us to do but I’m very upset about the situation,” says Jenkins.

There is about $1,000 worth of damage to Jenkins’ car.

McCarty has pleaded not guilty in the case, his trial is scheduled for July 3rd.

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