A masked suspect smashed eight windows of St. Peter’s Armenian Apostolic Church in Van Nuys, California, on the morning of September 23 with a baseball bat.
Fr. The church’s parish priest, Shrnock Demirzian, said vandalism created fear and insecurity among believers and should be considered a heinous crime.
“When you destroy iconic images representing religion or ethnicity that are classified as a heinous crime. In our case, the destruction of the image of Jesus Christ on stained glass should not be und undoubtedly considered a heinous crime. “It simply came to our notice then.
He stressed that such vandalism is not just against the church, but against Armenians, Christians and people of different religions, adding that violence is not the answer, but love.
The vandalism occurred at 1:30 a.m. on 17321 Sherman Way. When church workers arrive for work in the morning, they find that stained glass windows have been broken and police are immediately notified.
On Thursday, St. Peter Armenian informed the community about the incident by posting a message on Facebook.
“We are saddened to report this horrific vandalism to our faithful community in St. Peter this morning. In the middle of the night a masked man smashed eight stained glass windows in our sanctuary, next to Sherman Way’s main street. The property has a significant amount of stained glass, ”St. Peter’s Armenian Apostolic Church said in a September 23 Facebook post.
According to surveillance camera tape, the suspect was described as a man, in his 20s, wearing a black hoodie with a black Duffel bag. The suspect smashed eight stained glass windows painted 60 years ago with a baseball bat.
The church believed it was a pre-planned and deliberate event.
St. Peter’s Armenian Apostolic Church was dedicated in 1963 and has been serving in the San Fernando Valley for more than fifty years. Demirjian was appointed to the church in 1991 and has been working ever since.
This is not the first vandalism at Van Nuys Church this year. In April, St. Elizabeth Catholic Church was also vandalized by a masked suspect armed with a sledgehammer.
Surveillance cameras captured the suspect’s Virgin of Guadalupe mural more than once.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times