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Old 06-29-2020, 05:46 PM
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Default Masked anti-American Vandals toss red paint at George Washington statues on famed NYC arch

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Vandals toss red paint at George Washington statues on famed NYC arch
By Kevin Sheehan and Tina Moore
June 29, 2020 | 12:26pm | Updated

A pair of vandals launched an attack on Washington Square Park’s famed arch early Monday — tossing balloons filled with red paint at its two statues dedicated to George Washington.

The two suspects — a woman dressed in all white with a white bow in her hair and a man in a black shirt and black shorts — fled on Citi Bikes, law enforcement sources said, noting there was surveillance video of the 3:20 a.m. incident.

The early 20th-century statues — one of Washington as the nation’s first president and another depicting him as general of the country’s Revolutionary War forces — bled red as they dripped with the still-fresh paint just before 8 a.m.

Remnants of the red paint-filled balloons that were tossed at them and the back side of the arch were left at the scene in Greenwich Village in Manhattan.

Also left behind was the blue plastic cooler with wheels that the suspects used to tote the balloons. It still had red paint in it when cops found it.

The vandals also used white spray paint to draw the outlines of 24 people’s bodies around the park’s fountain — then tossed red balloons at their bodies, mainly their heads, making it appear as if they’d been shot.

“Washington has blood on his hands. I’m in favor of them defacing!” local Dr. Iven Young, 86, told The Post of the damage at the park.

Washington has garnered controversy because while he helped found the country, he also owned slaves and was responsible for the deaths of Native Americans. Amid recent massive protests over inequality, especially following the police-brutality death of George Floyd in Minnesota, such statues of prominent early Americans have been defaced and torn down across the US.

But Steve Romano, 61, also a doctor who lives in the neighborhood, said he opposed the vandalism.

“I feel like the city is letting things go, passively. It’s horrible,’’ he said. “It’s getting out of hand. I do not support defacing our monuments. It’s very frustrating.’’

Cops from the Sixth Precinct took away the cooler and other evidence left at the scene to test for things such as fingerprints.

Meanwhile, city Parks Department workers vigorously scrubbed the arch to get off the paint.

“This does do damage — you can see bits of the statue all over me,’’ a worker told The Post just before making his third pass at cleaning part of the marble structure with a citrus-based solution and powerwasher.

“It’s marble — it comes off,’’ he said.

Last week, a man painted “slave owner” on a statue of Washington in Union Square Park in Manhattan.


Both George Washington statues on the Washington Square Park memorial arch defaced with red paint in Washington Square Park
Credit: Stefan Jeremiah for New York Post
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Vandals caught on camera throwing red paint at George Washington statues
By Ben Feuerherd
June 29, 2020 | 9:44pm



Surveillance video footage released Monday shows the two vandals — including one wearing a hockey mask — as they throw red paint at two statues of George Washington in Washington Square Park.

The suspects, two unidentified men, are seen on the footage walking near the park wearing backpacks before the vandalism, the video shows.

They then stop at the iconic arch at the main entrance of the Greenwich Village park at about 3:20 a.m. and speak with someone who is sitting on a Citi bike, the footages shows.

Both of them then hurl the paint-filled balloons at the statues, one of Washington as the nation’s first president and another depicting him as general of the country’s Revolutionary War forces, the footage shows. The suspects ran off after the caper and are still at large, police said.

One of the suspects has blonde hair and was seen wearing an N95 mask, black shorts and a black t-shirt, according to the video.

The second suspect wore a face-covering white hockey mask, a black t-shirt and black jeans, the footage shows.
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