US woman charged with paint vandalism

Paint-splashed pipes

Washington police have arrested a 58-year-old woman after two chapels in the Washington National Cathedral were defaced with green paint on Monday, reports the NCR.

The arrest follows similar vandalism Friday to the Lincoln Memorial and a statue near the Smithsonian Castle on the National Mall. Police are testing paint samples to determine whether the three incidents are connected.

Police charged Tian Jiamel, who has no permanent address, with one count of defacing property.

US Park Police investigators questioned her Monday night. Two police officials told The Washington Post that federal police had been seeking an Asian female who was possibly homeless.

Cathedral officials discovered wet paint strewn over the Bethlehem Chapel's organ console and casework about 2 pm, leaving them to believe the vandalism was recent, according to spokesman Richard Weinberg. The chapel was closed, District of Columbia police were called, and the cathedral was searched.

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