Unhinged Man Causes $4,000 in Damages After Toppling Jesus Statue in Manhattan Church

An unhinged man caused approximately $4,000 in damages after toppling a Jesus statue during a rampage at Immaculate Conception Church in Manhattan’s East Village. The incident occurred on Monday at around 11 a.m. when the man, who appeared to be homeless, was discovered sleeping inside the church.

According to a church worker who wished to remain anonymous, the man woke up in a rage and unleashed an outburst of violence, tearing down bookcases and other items before knocking over the statue of Jesus. The chaotic scene prompted church-goers to intervene, with one individual leading the charge to remove the vandal from the premises. The perpetrator managed to flee on foot towards First Avenue and remains at large as of Wednesday, according to the police.

The estimated cost of the damages caused by the man’s rampage is approximately $4,000. Fortunately, no injuries were reported during the incident. Church staff members were shaken by the crime, but expressed gratitude that no one was harmed. The police have pledged to increase patrols in the area surrounding 14th Street.

While the Ninth Precinct, which covers the church’s vicinity, has seen a decrease in five out of seven major crime categories, felony assaults have slightly increased compared to the same period last year. Additionally, there has been a slight rise in reported robberies. The church worker acknowledged a general perception of increased crime in the area and the city as a whole, stating that “there’s just a lot of unrest in the city.”

This act of vandalism follows a recent incident in which a caretaker at the same church was slashed on the neck by an individual wielding a box cutter. The administrator of the church does not believe their establishment is being specifically targeted, attributing the incidents to the current state of the city.

Author: CrimeDoor

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