Manhattan man, 34, arrested after vandalizing Brooklyn church

Juliet Papa
November 04, 2019 - 11:12 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A Manhattan man has been arrested after he allegedly vandalized a church in Williamsburg, Brooklyn early Sunday morning, the NYPD confirmed late Monday night. 

Surveillance footage allegedly shows the suspect -- identified as Michael A. Gould-Wartofsky, 34 -- at Shrine Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Williamsburg taking a statue of St. Jude off of its pedestal in front of the church around 1:50 a.m., dragging it into the street, stepping on it, and leaving it in the middle of the street. He stepped on the statue so hard that it cracked down the middle. 

Gould-Wartofsky was charged with criminal mischief.

He also allegedly uprooted plants in front of the church and threw them at the front door, Msgr. Jamie Gigantiello said, adding that the suspect bizarrely yelled at the surveillance camera before he tore out the plants. All of this was also captured on surveillance video.

Gould-Wartofsky's police record does not list an occupation, but according to his LinkedIn profile, he is an adjunct professor at NYU and teaches courses in sociological theory, texts and ideas. His website says he is a PhD fellow in Sociology at NYU and the author of the Oxford University Press' "The Occupiers: The Making of the 99 Percent Movement."