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Man in custody after Washington Monument vandalized with red paint

Man in custody after Washington Monument vandalized with red paint

A man was taken into custody after the Washington Monument was vandalized with red paint late Tuesday, police said.

The United States Park Police issued an “alert” on Twitter saying the suspect had been apprehended. It was not immediately clear whether he will face any charges.

The area around base of the Washington Monument was temporarily closed following the incident, as National Park Service conservators looked to restore the statue.

The U.S. Park Police guard the Washington Monument after a vandal wrote graffiti and threw red paint against the base of the structure on Sept. 21, 2022.Nathan Howard / Getty Images

The base of the monument could be seen smeared with a splash of red paint, accompanied by the words: “Have you been f—– by this … Gov says tough s—.”

The National Park Service was given jurisdiction over the monument in 1933, with the first restoration of the structure beginning as a Depression Era public works project in 1934.

Additional restoration work took place in 1964, as well as from 1998-2001 and from 2011-2014 to repair damage following an earthquake. It also saw restoration works from 2016-2019 to modernize its elevator.

Chantal Da Silva

Chantal Da Silva is a breaking news editor for NBC News Digital based in London. 

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