Dec. 3, 2018 By Laura Hanrahan
Police are searching for a man who urinated over religious statues outside a Williamsburg church before knocking them down over the weekend.
The incident happened at around 3:57 a.m. on Dec. 2, when the man approached two angel statues in front of Our Lady of Consolation Roman Catholic Church, located at 184 Metropolitan Ave., and began to urinate on them.
Police say he then pushed the two statues to the ground, causing damage to them before fleeing southbound on Metropolitan Avenue.
Surveillance video shows the statues shattered in part after being forcibly pushed over. An image provided by police shows the extent of the damage, with large fragments of the two statues broken off.
The suspect is described as white, with a light complexion and straight, short brown hair. He is approximately 30-years-old, 6 feet tall, and weighs about 190 pounds. He was last seen wearing a dark colored pea coat, beige slacks and Vans sneakers.
The incident, labeled under criminal mischief, is also being investigated by the Hate Crimes Task Force. It also follows several similar incidents over the years at the Williamsburg church, according to reports.
Anyone with information on the case should contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-8477, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.