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NYC cops bust suspect in vandalism of Manhattan Turkish consulate

A homeless shelter resident who swung a crowbar against windows at the Turkish consulate in Manhattan was arrested Friday morning, police said.

Turkish national Recep Akbiyik, 29, was busted at a Brooklyn shelter on charges including attempted burglary, criminal possession of a weapon, criminal mischief, menacing, and making terroristic threats, said law enforcement sources.

Akbiyik launched his window-smashing spree at 3 a.m. Monday at the consulate on First Ave. near E. 46th St in east Midtown, said cops. Eight windows and two glass doors were still smashed on Monday afternoon.

The consulate is located inside the towering Turkish House, a skyscraper that also houses Turkey’s mission to the United Nations.

Eight smashed windows and two smashed glass doors were still in place on Monday afternoon, hours after the attack on the consulate. The consulate is inside Turkish House, a bulding on E. 46th St. and First Ave. that also houses Turkey's mission to the United Nations.

The attack coincides with an upcoming runoff election in the heated contest between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and challenger Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu.

Erdoğan condemned the attack on the Turkish Consulate as an act of terrorism earlier this week, and called on local authorities to hunt down the perpetrator.

Police distributed this picture of a man suspected of vandalizing the Turkish consulate in Midtown early Monday.

A police department spokesman would not say whether investigators believed Akbiyik’s outburst was politically motivated.

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