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Homeless Man Arrested in NYC Vandalized Church Case

The city's hate crimes task force has arrested a homeless man on charges he scrawled anti-religious statements at the entrance of a historic Catholic church, police said Thursday.
( [email protected] ) Jan 06, 2007 08:15 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The city's hate crimes task force has arrested a homeless man on charges he scrawled anti-religious statements at the entrance of a historic Catholic church, police said Thursday.

The man was arrested on charges of making graffiti and criminal mischief. He was accused of vandalizing the St. Jean Baptiste Catholic Church on Dec. 30.

Church officials scrubbed phrases like "Satan is God" off the concrete of the church, located on Manhattan's swank Upper East Side.

St. Jean Baptiste opened in 1913. The large building is of the Italian Renaissance style, with soaring towers and a central dome that rises 175 feet above the floor level of the church.

A major restoration of the church was completed in late 1997.

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