The U.S. Park Police reported Tuesday they arrested an adult male after he vandalized the base of the Washington Monument with red paint, The Hill reported.
“The United States Park Police has an adult male in custody for vandalizing the base of the Washington Monument with paint,” a statement from the agency read.
Alert: Area around base of the Washington Monument temporarily closed. USPP have adult male in custody for vandalism. NPS conservators will work on restoration process.— USPPNEWS (@usparkpolicepio) September 21, 2022
“The area at the base of the monument will be temporarily closed. National Park Service conservators will work on the restoration process. The investigation is ongoing and there is no more specific information at this time.”
Fox 5 DC reporter Katie Barlow captured images of the defacement.
Nightly monument report. Someone has painted the the side with red paint. There is an individual in cuffs off to the side and police have blocked the area out to the grass. @fox5dc pic.twitter.com/s9HD84kPS0— Katie Barlow (@katieleebarlow) September 20, 2022
Scrawled in red paint, the vandal wrote, “have you been f**ked by this,” with an arrow pointing to the top of the monument, “Gov says tough shit.” Read more at Newsmax.
At first light, our Monument Preservation crew got to work on the Washington Monument, after it was defaced with red paint last night. The top layer of paint is coming off and the pigment that seeped into the stone will be treated with many rounds of cleaning product application. pic.twitter.com/ifFHoTTuif— National Mall NPS (@NationalMallNPS) September 21, 2022
A week of sunlight will also help return the monument to its usual impressive state. Thanks to our expert team for their hard work.— National Mall NPS (@NationalMallNPS) September 21, 2022
The person responsible was arrested by the United States Park Police.#WashingtonMonument #NationalMall pic.twitter.com/Y40CRbqYW1
🚨#BREAKING: Washington Monument vandalizes with red paint— R A W S A L E R T S (@rawsalerts) September 21, 2022
📌#Washington | #DC
The Washington Monument in DC was vandalized Tuesday night with red paint with words saying Have you been fucked by this gov says tough shit” MPD has detained a man suspicion of vandalizing monument pic.twitter.com/y79YMvSMKG
Here’s a good photo that can explain the clean up process of the vandalism at the Washington Monument.— Lex Juarez (@lexjuareztv) September 21, 2022
80% of the paint will be easily removed, but it’s the part that’s left over that will take a couple of weeks and multiple treatments to get rid of. pic.twitter.com/yLGwvPUPV7
The National Parks Service is here spraying paint removal and power washing the Washington Monument. Last night, U.S. Park Police say they arrested a man who allegedly smeared paint on the monument and vandalized the bottom. @nbcwashington pic.twitter.com/At10sGa3TS— Dominique Moody (@dmoodytv) September 21, 2022
The Washington Monument was vandalized last night.— Holly Morris (@HollyLiveFox5DC) September 21, 2022
This morning @MaureenUmehFox5 is live on the scene with details of the damage and the clean up. #stayinformed and #stayahead with @fox5dc in the am. @WisdomFOX5 and I kick it off at 4am ☕️📺 pic.twitter.com/110Dt7fnGw