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Video captures cab driver vandalizing church statue

July 2, 2024 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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FLUSHING/DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN — POLICE ARE ASKING THE PUBLIC to help track down a taxi driver who vandalized a statue that had stood outside a Flushing parish for more than four decades. The man was recorded on the surveillance video at Holy Family Roman Catholic Church near 74th Avenue, exited a NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission SUV he was reportedly driving, crossing the street over to church grounds, and decapitated the statue of Jesus, part of a sculpture that included Mary and Joseph which were unsuccessfully targeted, the Diocese reported. The damage is estimated at $20,000, and the parish is looking to repair the statue. Police from the 107th Precinct have classified the vandalism as a hate crime. Anyone with information is asked to call NYPD Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).

A cab driver-turned-vandal decapitated the boy Jesus in the statue of the Holy Family pictured at its namesake parish in Flushing this past Sunday. Photo courtesy of Holy Family parish/via Diocese of Brooklyn
A cab driver-turned-vandal decapitated the boy Jesus in the statue of the Holy Family pictured at its namesake parish in Flushing this past Sunday.
Photo courtesy of Holy Family parish/via Diocese of Brooklyn

“The Holy Family is the foundation of our faith community, and this statue holds special meaning to so many in our parish. This is a very unsettling incident, and those who attended Mass yesterday were shocked to find out this happened. We must pray for increased religious tolerance throughout our city,” said Father Sean Suckiel, the parish pastor.

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