Oklahoma man accused of destroying Ten Commandments monument facing charges


Michael Tate Reed

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OKLAHOMA CITY – A man accused of destroying a monument at the Oklahoma State Capitol is formally facing charges.

According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, 29-year-old Michael Tate Reed was charged with destruction of state property or improvements, indecent exposure, making threatening statements, reckless driving and operating a vehicle with a revoked license.

On Thursday night, investigators say Reed allegedly rammed his car into the Ten Commandments monument on the Capitol grounds.

The granite monument, which was installed in 2012, was destroyed in the crash.

While Reed left the scene of the crash, authorities say he walked to the federal building and began making threats to officials.

Agents with the U.S. Secret Service say Reed walked into the building and started making strange threats against the president and the federal government.

Reed allegedly told agents with the Secret Service that Satan made him crash his car into the statue.

He also told agents that the devil told him to urinate on the monument.

Reed was also charged with four counts of felony assault and battery with a dangerous weapon after making those threats.

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