A vandalism spree that began with a paint attack on the Lincoln Memorial last week, hit at least three other Washington, D.C., landmarks before a homeless woman was arrested and charged as the culprit. The 58-year-old woman was arrested inside the Children's Chapel at the National Cathedral after officials noticed green paint splashed in several areas inside the church on Monday afternoon. She's been charged with one count of defacing property.
Police say they will run tests on the paint to try and confirm any connections, but it appears to be the same color and style as the green paint that was splashed on the base of the Lincoln Memorial statue last Friday. Since then, paint has also been found on a statue near the Smithsonian Castle on the National Mall, and on a statue of Martin Luther in northwest Washington. Inside the National Cathedral, paint was found on a large pipe organ built in the 1950s, and on the floor and pews inside the Children's Chapel, where the accused woman was found waiting.
The vandalism upset many Americans who were baffled as to why someone would deface the iconic landmarks, but if a homeless person who reportedly speaks little or no English is indeed responsible, then it's probably not your typical anti-American anarchist-punk-protester trying to make a point. The mysterious green symbols found on the statues may have meaning to the vandal or they may be gibberish, but it's looking more and more like the work of disturbed mind rather than a coordinated attack on American history.
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