The drama began when the suspect, Noel Droni, asked a 37-year-old man outside the Times Square Church, on W. 51st St., if he was a Christian, cops said. When the man told Droni he was Christian, Droni allegedly pulled a red wrench from his backpack and smashed the church’s glass door.
Pix 11 He yelled “Allahu akbar,” Arabic for “(Our) God is greater,” and then vowed violence, police said. “I am going to blow up the church and come back and kill any Christians,” he said, according to court papers.
When police arrived and arrested Droni, he refused to answer questions, authorities said. He was charged with criminal mischief as a hate crime and is being held on $1,000 bail.
The incident happened around 6:36 p.m. on Monday at a church located at 237 W. 51st St.