NYPD: Vandals Cover Washington Square Arch Statues In Red Paint

WCBS 880 Newsroom
June 30, 2020 - 9:23 am
Washington Square Park

Eduardo Baena


NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — A pair of vandals tossed paint-filled balloons at the Washington Square Arch early Monday morning, dousing the statues in red ink, the police department said. 

Two men were caught on surveillance video throwing the balloons at the statues on the arch in Washington Square Park around 3:30 a.m. 

Police released images of the suspect, showing one wearing a full-face mask and the other wearing a medical mask. 

Washington Square Arch Vandals

Workers from the city’s Parks Department power-washed the statues several hours after the vandalism occurred.

No one has been arrested in connection with the crime as on Monday evening and the investigation remains ongoing. 

President Donald Trump tweeted about the incident Tuesday morning writing, "We are tracking down the two Anarchists who threw paint on the magnificent George Washington Statue in Manhattan. We have them on tape. They will be prosecuted and face 10 years in Prison based on the Monuments and Statues Act. Turn yourselves in now!"

Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).

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