Two More DC Landmarks Vandalized With Green Paint

Woman arrested after Washington Cathedral defaced
By Ruth Brown,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 29, 2013 5:46 PM CDT
Two More DC Landmarks Vandalized With Green Paint
Green paint is seen on the pedestal of the statue of Joseph Henry, outside the headquarters of the Smithsonian Institution on the National Mall in Washington.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

And the plot thickens: A woman has been arrested after green paint was found splattered around the Washington National Cathedral today. This is the third DC landmark vandalized with green paint in recent days—the Lincoln Memorial was hit last week, and a statue outside the Smithsonian Castle was found defaced this morning—but it's unclear so far whether the woman in custody is also a suspect in those incidents, the Washington Post reports. The cathedral was closed to the public today, after paint was found on an organ in the 100-year-old Bethlehem Chapel and in the children's chapel. A spokesman for the cathedral says he thinks it will wash off.

Though it may seem like a no-brainer that the three green paint attacks were linked, police say the paint was splattered haphazardly at the Lincoln Memorial, while the statue of Joseph Henry appeared to have been deliberately painted with symbols, the AP reports. Authorities say they hope to question the woman about all three, but a language barrier has delayed the interrogation so far. (Read more National Cathedral stories.)

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