Arrest Made In National Cathedral Green Paint Vandalism

By: CBS/AP (Posted by Melissa Brunner)
By: CBS/AP (Posted by Melissa Brunner)

(CBS/AP) D.C. police have arrested a woman in conjunction with the vandalism of a National Cathedral pipe organ, which was splattered with green paint Monday, days after authorities washed away similar vandalism from the Lincoln Memorial.

Assistant Chief Peter Newsham told the Associated Press that the woman was arrested in the area of the cathedral Monday after the paint was discovered.

He said the woman would likely face charges of destruction of property.

He added that no connection has been made between the cathedral vandalism and two other instances using green paint: At the Smithsonian Institution, discovered Friday, and at the Lincoln Memorial which was cleaned up the same day.

Wet, green paint was found spattered on a pipe organ in the National Cathedral Monday afternoon, closing its oldest chapel.

Outside the Smithsonian Institution headquarters, green paint was reported on the statue of Joseph Henry - the Smithsonian's first secretary - on Friday.

Brooks says the incident is under investigation, and it's not clear whether it was the same paint that was used on the Memorial. He says it appears that something was intentionally drawn on the statue. The Lincoln Memorial had nothing drawn on it, just splattered paint.

U.S. Park Police are investigating the vandalism on the National Mall, where the Lincoln Memorial and Smithsonian Institution are located. The events haven't been linked to each other.

The Lincoln Memorial has reopened to visitors, and crews are working to remove the paint. The Bethlehem Chapel, within the National Cathedral, was closed Monday afternoon.

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