Police have made an arrest after a historic statue of the Virgin Mary outside an East Side church was smashed.
Buffalo resident Kalil Colbert, 18 was charged with criminal mischief, aggravated harassment, and hate crime/aggravated harassment.
Buffalo Police received a call just after 11 p.m. Tuesday after remains of the statue were found in the parking lot at St. John Kanty.
The statue had been found by a maintenance man standing on the foundation on the corner of Broadway and Browell, its face and hands smashed.
Beside the statue was a cryptic note which read: “This building will be destroyed. Stop worshipping Mary, worship God- Catholics are a man-made religion”.
St. John Kanty’s Father Michael Burzynski said that security footage from the store across the street shows a man dragging the statue to the middle of the parking lot and smashing it with a baseball bat.
“We called police and they have been in touch with neighbors about what happened,” Fr. Burzynski said.
The statue was dedicated in 2014. A previous one stood at the church for forty years.
Fr. Burzynski called the incident ” an opportunity for good”.
The church will have extra security and will work with Buffalo Police to keep an eye on things.
Colbert will undergo a psychiatric evaluation and must stay at least 100 feet away from the church.