- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 4, 2014

Police in Trenton, New Jersey, are searching for suspects responsible for painting George Washington’s hands red on a 14-foot statue over Labor Day weekend.

The 7-ton marble statue was defaced in Mill Hill Park some time over the weekend, and some residents believe the crime was politically motivated.

“It was political, I know that,” said resident Jon Naar, who authored the book “The Birth of Graffiti” in 2007, The Trentonian reported.

He said he came to the conclusion because no other parts of the statue were defaced.

The statue shows the country’s first president in command at the bow of his Durham boat, crossing the Delaware River on Dec. 25, 1776, NJ.com reported. It was cast in Italy and was purchased by the city in 1896.

Resident Bernice Mitchell first noticed the red hands Saturday morning. He agreed that someone was careful to paint only the hands, probably to make a statement.

“If it was spray-painted, how come you can’t see any other parts that got red? Someone must have climbed up there,” he told The Trentonian.

The hands are at least 20 feet above the street, the newspaper said.

Trenton Police Lt. Mark Kieffer said police are investigating the incident.