Mann charged after allegedly destroying Brooklyn church
A Brooklyn man is charged with hate crimes for allegedly destroying a church last week.
He is also accused of setting fire to a yeshiva this week.
According to investigators, 29-year-old Ali Alaheri destroyed a statue of Jesus, the cross and the exhibit in front of the Roman Catholic Church of Saint Athanasius near 61st Street and Bay Parkway in Bensonhurst.
He is also accused of grabbing and burning the American flag hanging in the rectory outside the church – which caused damage to a nearby fence.
A GoFundMe page is raising funds to help the church repair the damage.
Police also say Alaheri was arrested and charged with setting fire to a yeshiva and synagogue in Brooklyn on Wednesday.
At the time, a surveillance video reportedly showed Alaheri setting fire to garbage bags next to the yeshiva and synagogue on 36th Street near Minna Street in Borough Park.
According to authorities, Alaheri was again caught on surveillance tape in which a Hasidic man was beaten without provocation.
He is also accused of beating a black man in a subway station earlier this month.
If convicted, Alaheri faces a prison sentence of five to 20 years.