2 Teens Arrested In Connection To St. Patrick Cathedral Vandalism

WCBS 880 Newsroom
June 18, 2020 - 5:17 pm

    NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Two teenage girls accused of vandalizing St. Patrick’s Cathedral last month during the protests over George Floyd’s death have been arrested. 

    The NYPD announced Thursday that an 18-year-old and 17-year-old has been arrested in connection to the vandalism.

    Authorities took Anaya Diaz, 18, of Mohegan Lake, into custody and she was charged with criminal mischief and graffiti. The 17-year-old was arrested at her Ossining home and charged with criminal mischief and graffiti.

    The 17-year-old will be charged as a juvenile.

    Police say on May 30, the vandals spray-painted George Floyd's name on one of the stairs of the cathedral. 

    Messages such as "no justice, no peace," "BLM," — for Black Lives Matter — and several F-words were also spray painted in red and black letters on two walls. 

    The two girls fled on East 51st Street towards Madison Avenue.

    A 26-year-old was previously arrested in connection to the vadalism and is believed to be their driver. Yadir Avila Rosas is charged with criminal mischief and graffiti. 

    Workers have already removed the graffiti. 

    Several businesses and dozens of police vehicles across the city were also vandalized amid the demonstrations, that resulted in nearly 350 arrests.

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