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Woman Caught On Camera Smashing Statues Outside Queens Church Arrested, Facing Hate Crime Charges

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A woman who was caught on camera destroying statues outside a Queens church in July has been arrested.

Police say 23-year-old Jacqueline Nikiena, of Queens, was arrested Friday afternoon.

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It happened on July 16 at Our Lady of Mercy Church on Kessel Street in Forest Hills.

Video shows a woman, allegedly Nikiena, topple a statue, then repeatedly slam it against the ground and stomp on it. Police say she also destroyed a second statue.

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Later in the video, at least one statue is seen in the street, smashed into several pieces.

Nikiena has been charged with aggravated harassment and criminal mischief as a hate crime.

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