Vandal who destroyed Buddhist statues at a Flushing temple still at large: cops

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Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying a male suspect wanted for vandalizing multiple Buddhist statues at a temple in Flushing.

Law enforcement sources said the episode occurred at 11:10 a.m. on Jan. 16 inside of the Chinese Buddhist Temple located at 136-12 39th Ave.

According to authorities, the vandal walked into the temple and proceeded to hurl a large concrete stone at Buddhist statues, causing damage. The incident was later reported to the 109th Precinct.

On Jan. 19, the NYPD released video footage of the suspect wanted in connection with the vandalism. He’s described as an Asian male standing 5 feet 6 inches tall, with a medium build, 155 pounds, and approximately 30 years old. He was last seen wearing a gray hooded sweater with blue denim jeans and tan construction work boots.

Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 888-57 PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website, on Twitter @NYPDTips or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls and messages are kept confidential.

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