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National Monuments Vandalized

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A troubling outbreak of vandalism in Washington, DC.

Some of the capitol's most famous monuments have been splattered with green paint.

One woman is in custody after the latest attack on the National Cathedral.

Karen Travers has more details.

Jiamei Tian is expected to appear in a Washington, DC courtroom today, facing charges of defacing property at Washington's iconic National Cathedral.

Authorities are investigating whether this woman, they believe to be homeless, is connected to similar acts of vandalism....including at the Lincoln Memorial.

On Monday, green paint was discovered splattered on an organ at the National Cathedral's oldest chapel.

Tian was soon caught nearby... the paint had not even dried.

Richard Weinberg is with the National Cathedral:

"An arrest was made onsite here at the cathedral."

This was the third incident of vandalism with green paint in the last week. Last Friday, it happened at the Lincoln Memorial.

Paint was found splattered along the base, the lap, and the leg of the statue of the 16th President.

The memorial has two guards on duty 24-hours a day, so authorities are asking how this could have happened?

More splattered green paint was discovered on a statue outside the Smithsonian headquarters on the National Mall on Monday, but police believe that vandalism was actually done last Friday.

This is prime tourist season on the National Mall and the Lincoln Memorial is one of the most popular places to visit.
"It's pathetic that people just want to destroy and mess up national landmarks.

"That disturbs me as an American that somebody would stoop that low to do something like this."

Park police said the damage to the Lincoln Memorial is not permanent but the clean up continues.

Crews are scheduled to power wash today and the National Park Service said progressively stronger substances will be used until the paint is completely gone.

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