An Indiana man was arrested by U.S. Park Police Tuesday after they say he allegedly defaced the Washington Monument with red paint, spilling a large portion in one area, as well as using it to write out a vulgar message.
The U.S. Park Police said they arrested Shaun Ray Deaton, 44, of Bloomington, Indiana, for allegedly vandalizing the outside base of the Washington Monument with paint. Deaton was charged with trespassing, tampering and vandalism, according to a release.
This is an initial criminal charge and there may be additional charges as the investigation continues, U.S. Park Police said.
On Tuesday, Mike Litterst, a spokesperson for the National Mall, told 7News that cleanup crews will be out first thing Wednesday morning to begin the cleanup process because the monument's marble makeup is very porous, which means cleanup will need to happen fast.... Read More: WMAR2NEWS