Police are searching for two men who allegedly broke an angel statue outside of a Williamsburg church on Saturday night. Surveillance footage shows several men climbing on a pedestal supporting an angel statue, alongside a Virgin Mary statue and two other angels. One of the men poses with prayer hands while a second, presumably his buddy, throws down a cigarette and clamors up behind him, knocking the first man and the angel statue to the ground.
Police said that the suspects approached the statue in front of Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church at 184 Metropolitan Avenue just before midnight on Saturday. A priest reportedly alerted cops early Sunday morning.
An NYPD source told the Daily News that the men were "likely intoxicated," but a spokesman for the department said Tuesday that he couldn't confirm this, as no arrests have been made and police were not on the scene when the incident occurred. "We don't know that. The Daily News must have special antennas," he said. "I guess the assumption that they were drunk was because of the way they [the men] were moving back and forth."
This is hardly the first time people have been caught making bad decisions in close proximity to religious statues. (In Williamsburg, no less!) As recently as September, a man was caught high-fiving, kissing and apparently breaking a statue of Jesus outside the Saints Peter and Paul's Rectory on South 3rd Street near Berry Street. And in February, CBS reported that a teenager had alleged knocked down a guardian angel statue at the very same church where Saturday's vandals made a mess. At the time, Church pastor Wlodzimierz Las told the Daily News that the church's statues had been vandalized at least six times in the last four years.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.