Man to be charged in church firecracker case

Mark Hicks

A 43-year-old man faces charges for allegedly hurling a firecracker into a Dearborn church last week.

David Cerne was identified as a suspect shortly after police on Friday released video and images they allege showed the Inkster resident tossing the device Aug. 23 into the Church of the Divine Child’s chapel during services.

The incident burned a bible and damaged walls and floors at the North Silvery Lane site, the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office said.

Cerne was already in custody in Inkster on a similar charge when the office sought an arrest warrant for the church incident.

“I am grateful that we were quickly able to apprehend this suspect before his actions escalated even further,” Dearborn Police Chief Ronald Haddad said in a statement.

Prosecutors on Tuesday charged him with third-degree arson, arson preparation to burn real property and malicious destruction of property.

An arraignment has been scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday in 19th District Court in Dearborn.