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Caught on Tape: Vandal Smashes Adoration Chapel, Desecrates Catholic Church in Washington

Caught on Tape: Vandal Smashes Adoration Chapel, Desecrates Catholic Church in Washington

Catholic News Agency, YouTube / @BvuePD, Twitter

Jacqueline Burkepile – June 30, 2022

Please pray for the protection of our churches and pregnancy centers!

St. Louise Catholic Church in Bellevue, Washington fell victim to a violent attack around 9:30 a.m. on Tues., June 28.

A 31-year-old masked female suspect sprayed profane graffiti, threw a rock and kicked the Catholic Church’s perpetual adoration chapel door, multiple times, defaced a statue of Our Lady, and broke another glass door on parish property.

The attacker also assaulted a parish office worker.

The parish told Catholic News Agency that the incident resulted in at least $10,000 in damage. Police arrested the suspect, but did not reveal the person’s identity.

Here’s the video below:

 

The Bellevue Police Department posted additional images to its Twitter account, explaining they charged the suspect with assault and a hate crime.

Some of the sprayed graffiti included, “woman haters,” “groomers rapists,” and “the church is child abuse.”

Here’s the tweets below:

@BvuePD, Twitter

The first tweet reads, “Officers arrested a [31-year-old] Bellevue resident on suspicion off a hate crime and assault after allegedly spray painting St. Louise Parish, smashing two doors and assaulting an employee. The suspect was arrested without incident.”

@BvuePD, Twitter

The second tweet reads, “The graffiti painted on church walls and artifacts was anti-Catholic. According to the RCW, a hate crime includes acts that ‘Defaces religious real property with words, symbols, or items that are derogatory to persons of the faith associated with the property.’”

Here’s the photos below:

@BvuePD, Twitter
@BvuePD, Twitter
@BvuePD, Twitter

Parish priest Fr. Gary Zender led a procession and blessed the vandalized areas on Tuesday evening. He said that even though the suspect threw a rock at church property, “Christ is a rock for us.”

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle! ⚔️🛡️⚔️

 

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