AMITYVILLE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A Long Island woman is accused of leaving racist and alarming messages at a church in Amityville.
Suffolk County police said the pastor of New Hope Institutional Baptist Church on Harrison Avenue called police to report a racist message left on a church phone on July 1.READ MORE: 15 People Hospitalized In Pileup On Belt Parkway
Following an investigation by the Hate Crimes Unit, Elisa Pellino was arrested by detectives at her home in Farmingdale Thursday.READ MORE: Teen Stabbed To Death After Dutchess County High School Football Game, Former Student Charged
The 66-year-old is charged with second-degree aggravated harassment as a hate crime, police said.MORE NEWS: Gabby Petito Search: Authorities Combing Wyoming Wilderness For Missing Woman, Fiancé's Whereabouts Remain Unknown
Pellino was expected to be held overnight and is scheduled to be arraigned Friday in First District Court in Central Islip.