The following comes from an April 3 KRON4 article by Yama Hazheer:
MONTEREY (BCN) — A young girl found the decapitated head of a Junipero Serra statue during a low tide Saturday afternoon off the coast of Monterey, a Monterey police sergeant said.
Officers responded at about 3:30 p.m. to a report of the found statue head, said Monterey police Sgt. Mickey Roobash.
Roobash said the girl was wading in the shallow water near the Coast Guard Pier when she spotted the stone head.
The head of the Roman Catholic missionary was lobbed off a statue in the lower Presidio of Monterey in October 2015, Roobash said, following Pope Francis’ canonization of Serra on Sept. 23.
He said it was found “virtually across the street” from the entrance to the presidio where the statue stands.
The incident followed another act of vandalism against a Serra statue at San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission at 3080 Rio Road in Carmel-by-the-Sea on Sept. 26 or 27, according to police.
In November, Santa Cruz police officers responded to a report of vandalism to a Serra statue at Santa Cruz Mission, located on School Street between High and Mission streets. Police said the vandals splattered red paint on the mission’s front wooden doors and spray-painted a side wall with the message, “Serra St. of Genocide.”