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Washington Monument vandalized with red paint and obscenities, one man arrested

The suspect will face charges of trespassing, tampering, and vandalism

Washington Monument vandalized
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September 21, 2022 6:44am

Updated: September 21, 2022 6:44am

The Washington Monument in Washington D.C. is temporarily closed after a man vandalized the monument with red paint and obscenities on Tuesday. 

The male suspect allegedly splashed the base of the national landmark with red paint and then wrote “Have u been f—ked by this” with an arrow pointing upwards and “gov says tough sh-t.”

Police reported that they arrested the suspect on Tuesday evening for the vandalism act. 

“The United States Park Police has an adult male in custody for vandalizing the base of the Washington Monument with paint,” the United States Park Police said in a statement

The identity of the man has not yet been released and the motive behind the vandalism act is still unclear. However, the U.S. Park Police say the suspect will face charges of trespassing, tampering, and vandalism.  

For now, the area around the base of the Washington Monument will remain closed temporarily. National Park Service conservators are working to remove the paint and restore the monument, said the U.S. Park Police in a statement. 

The Washington Monument, located between the Lincoln Memorial and the Capitol in Washington D.C., was completed in 1884. At 555 feet tall, it was once the tallest structure in the world, until it was overtaken by the Eiffel Tower in Paris in 1889.