Harlem Church Vandalized With Graffiti Message: ‘You Must Pay! Allah! Wake Up!’

July 28, 2016

wake up allah1The NYDaily News reports that someone left some scary graffiti on a Harlem church Wednesday, police said.

The phrases “You must pay! Allah! Wake up!” were written on the walls of the Church of St. Catherine of Genoa on W.153rd St. near Amsterdam Avenue.

Surveillance video captured the vandal defacing the Catholic house of worship and then taking off, Father Evaristus Ohuche said.

“Someone came and defaced church property,” he said. “It was outside on the outside wall, and on a poster on the wall. Something about Allah and ‘you must pay’ and all kinds of symbols.”


Church officials called police, who came and took the poster to check it for fingerprints.

Some of the writing was illegible or incoherent.

Ohuche said he was puzzled because the church hasn’t been the target of any threats in the recent past.


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“The camera caught the guy but couldn’t see his face,” he said. “All I know is that the camera was able to see the back of him. I’m hoping it was just a kid.”

There had been no arrest Thursday morning.

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