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Suspect arrested after vandalism Monday at National Cathedral

Suspect arrested after vandalism Monday at National Cathedral

From USA Today:

Washington police arrested a woman after two chapels in the National Cathedral in Washington were defaced with green paint Monday afternoon.

The arrest follows similar vandalism Friday to the Lincoln Memorial and a statue near the Smithsonian Castle on the National Mall. Authorities did not immediately indicate whether the three incidents were connected.

Cathedral officials discovered wet paint strewn over the Bethlehem Chapel’s organ console and casework about 2 p.m., leaving them to believe the vandalism was recent, according to spokesman Richard Weinberg. The chapel was closed, District of Columbia police were called and the cathedral was being searched.

Read more. The Washington Post reports that D.C. police have identified the suspect as Tian Jiamel, 58, whom they believe to be homeless, and charged her with one count of defacing property.

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John B. Chilton

A good story on the sequence of events and video of the suspect here: http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Green-Paint-Found-on-Statue-Outside-Smithsonian-Castle-217420561.html

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tgflux

God bless and heal both the vandal and the vandalized.

JC Fisher

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