Police have arrested a woman in the splattering of green paint inside two chapels at the Washington National Cathedral and are trying to determine if she has any connection to two similar incidents on the National Mall.
Police say 58-year-old [redacted] was arrested Monday inside the cathedral shortly after the paint was found and charged with defacing property. Assistant D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham said investigators were hoping to question her about the vandalism on the Mall, including at the Lincoln Memorial, but a language barrier was complicating those efforts.
The [East Asian] name redacted because if this is the vandal then she’s homeless and, on first glance, suffering from mental illness. It’s looking unlikely that this was domestically[*] politically motivated, in other words. Which, truth be told, is what I suspected; there isn’t an organized political group in America that would welcome the insane feces-storm that would have descended upon them if one of them was caught green-handed dumping paint on the Lincoln Memorial. No, not even that one. Or that one. …Are you kidding? That one would be the most terrified of all.
[*It is possible that she’s a foreigner who doesn’t really get that things are done differently here. Which is not incompatible with the ‘mental illness’ thing.]