Arrest Made After St. Patrick's Cathedral Spray-Painted During Protests

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June 06, 2020 - 1:32 pm
St. Patrick's Cathedral vandalized

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – A man has been arrested after St. Patrick’s Cathedral was spray-painted with graffiti amid ongoing protests over police misconduct and racial bias.

Yadir S. Avila Rosas, of Queens, was arrested on charges of criminal mischief and making graffiti, the NYPD said Saturday.

Police said they believed the 26-year-old was the getaway driver and that they were still searching for two women in connection with the graffiti.

The cathedral was spray-painted last Saturday as protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody were happening throughout the city, police said.

Messages such as "no justice, no peace," "BLM," — for Black Lives Matter — and several F-words were spray painted in red and black letters on two walls of the cathedral. Floyd's name was also spray painted on the stairs.

Workers quickly moved to remove the graffiti.

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