Diocesan News

Vandal Throws Eggs at Church of Saints Simon and Jude

Egg shells found at the foot of the doors were remnants of the attack. (Photos: courtesy of the Church of Saints Simon and Jude)

PROSPECT HEIGHTS — Police are searching for a woman who threw eggs at the front door of the Church of Saints Simon and Jude, Gravesend, Sunday afternoon.

The incident took place at 185 Van Sicklen St. around 1:35 p.m. The woman was spotted by a church employee. She saw the assailant approach the building, climb the steps to the entrance, and briefly kneel down before standing up and pelting the doors with eggs.

After throwing several eggs, the woman fled the scene. 

“There are no arrests and the investigation is ongoing,” said NYPD spokesman Sgt. Edward Riley.

The suspect is described as a white female wearing a white jacket, beige pants, and a red hat.

No one was injured. The 12:30 p.m. Sunday Mass had finished a short time earlier and parishioners had left the grounds when the suspect approached the building.

Father John Maduri, the pastor, was returning from Most Precious Blood Church at 70 Bay 47th St. in Bath Beach, which is part of the same parish, when he was informed of the attack. When he arrived at Saints Simon and Jude, police were already on the scene.

He called the attack a puzzling incident.

“This is the first time something like this has happened,” he said.

The church employee shot a video of the woman. The video captures the moments just before the egg-throwing began.

No one from the parish recognized the suspect, Father Maduri said. 

“No one knows who she is. It’s obviously someone with mental issues,” he said.

The pastor said he told police he does not want to press criminal charges. 

“She needs help, not jail time,” Father Maduri said.