Teens busted for St. Patrick's Cathedral graffiti

The NYPD wants to find the suspects responsible for vandalizing St. Patrick's Cathedral. (FOX 5 NY)

Two teenagers were arrested Thursday for allegedly spraying graffiti on St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City during protests and unrest over the death of George Floyd, police said.

Anaya Diaz, 18, of suburban Westchester County, and a 17-year-old girl whose name was withheld by police face charged with criminal mischief and making graffiti. Details on their arraignments were not immediately available, nor was information about their lawyers.

A 26-year-old man was previously arrested in connection with the June 1 vandalism at the Roman Catholic cathedral on Manhattan's Fifth Avenue. Police suspected Yadir Avila Rosas, of Queens, was the getaway driver, but the Manhattan district attorney's office declined to prosecute him.


Police released these security camera images of two suspects in the vandalism of St. Patrick's Cathedral. (NYPD)

The cathedral, located along a stretch that includes famous department stores and luxury apartment buildings, was tagged as protests devolved into chaos, including numerous clashes between police and demonstrators and police vehicles being set on fire.

A message seeking comment was left with the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York.


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