- The Washington Times - Monday, July 29, 2013

A woman was arrested Monday in connection with vandalism at the Washington National Cathedral after green paint was found splattered inside two of the cathedral’s chapels.

The paint was discovered Monday afternoon inside the cathedral’s historic Bethlehem Chapel and in Children’s Chapel, forcing officials to close the cathedral until further notice.

The woman was arrested a short time later near the cathedral, said Assistant D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham. She will likely face charges of destruction of property.

The vandalism was the latest in a string of similar acts in the city in recent days. The Lincoln Memorial was briefly closed Friday after green paint was found on the statue.

Earlier Monday, a statue of Joseph Henry, first secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, was also found defaced with green paint outside the Institution on the Mall, U.S. Park Police said.

Sgt. Paul Brooks, a Park Police spokesman, said it is too early to tell whether the same woman is responsible for the other acts of vandalism.



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