Smashing Of Buddhist Statues Investigated As Hate Crime

January 20, 2019 - 3:55 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating after a Buddhist temple was vandalized in Queens.

Statues at the Chinese Buddhist Temple on 39th Avenue in Flushing were destroyed Wednesday morning.  

Police say a man ran into the temple and threw a piece of concrete at multiple statues, smashing them.  

The NYPD released surveillance video of the suspect this weekend.

They say he took off down Main Street, towards Roosevelt Avenue, after destroying the statues.

Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).