A man in West Palm Beach, claiming to be a prophet sent by God “to get rid of the devil’s evil doings”, is now facing criminal charges for destroying Psychic Corner and several vehicles, according to a Stuart Police Department arrest affidavit.
Police on Sunday charged Michael Novatka, 26, of the 3200 block of Gun Club Road in West Palm Beach, with five felony counts of criminal mischief and three misdemeanor counts of criminal mischief.
When officers responded to a burglary in progress call at the Psychic Corner on U. S. 1 and Ocean Boulevard, they found Novatka outside standing near the entrance.
The glass to the storefront building was “completely smashed out.” Television sets were ripped off the wall, and money and shards of glass were scattered on the floor.
“There was very little left in the store that was reusable,” the report states.
Novatka told the officers God brought him to the business to damage it.
While officers interviewed him, Novatka said he “destroyed” a white Jeep in Royal Palm Financial Center Parking Garage and agreed to take police to see his handiwork.
Police saw had the 1997 Jeep had its hood up and doors open. Its leather interior was stabbed, sliced and torn, the radio ripped out and its electrical wires cut.
Using his own blood, Novatka wrote on the outside of the Jeep, “Fear God.”
“It’s a little scary. I scared myself when I saw what I did,” Novatka said.
Novatka told police he is “perfectly sane,” and told them the correct day, where he was and what he was going and that he had no medical conditions to prove his sanity.
Novatka told officers that God led him to the vehicle and told him it needed to be destroyed. Next, Novatka led officers to a white van and a black pickup truck he had damaged.
Officers found a 2001 white van behind a 7-Eleven convenience store with two slashed tyres and key marks along its left side.
Officers also found a 1993 black Toyota truck with a shattered windshield near the Psychic Corner.
Novatka is being held at the Martin County Jail on $27,500 bail.