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Lanier: Acts Of Vandalism At Washington Symbols Thought To Be Connected

Suspect being held without bond

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The Lincoln Memorial was the first of four D.C. sites to be vandalized with paint over the last week.
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The Lincoln Memorial was the first of four D.C. sites to be vandalized with paint over the last week.

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier says she believes the woman arrested for defacing the Washington National Cathedral with green paint is connected to other similar acts of vandalism.

Four D.C. landmarks were found splattered with green paint over the past few days. The first reported incident was at the Lincoln Memorial. Soon other statues and historic structures were vandalized.

A woman identified by police as Jiamei Tian appeared in D.C. Superior court Tuesday alongside a Mandarin translator. A court document lists her name as Jia M. Tian. The judge ordered that she be held without bond.

Prosecutors say the 58-year-old woman arrived in Washington a few days ago and was traveling on an expired visa. Police say she had no fixed address.

She was arrested Monday at the cathedral. The cathedral's defacing followed two similar acts, including at the Lincoln Memorial, where paint was discovered Friday morning.

Speaking on the NewsChannel 8 on Tuesday, Lanier says while its unclear what the motive is behind the vandalism, she believes the incidents are related.

"We just don't know and we don't know if this was malicious criminal intent or whether this is something else, but four incidents in total that we believe are connected," she said.

Officials are still working to remove the green paint from the buildings and statues.


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