by: Zach Schonfeld, The Hill via Nexstar Media Wire
(The Hill) – US Park Police said they arrested a man on Tuesday night accused of vandalizing the base of the Washington Monument.
“United States Park Police have an adult male in custody for vandalizing the base of the Washington Monument with paint,” the agency said in a report.
“The area at the base of the monument will be temporarily closed,” the statement continued. “National Park Service conservators will work on the restoration process. The investigation is ongoing and there is no more specific information at this time.
Photos posted on Twitter of the alleged incident show red paint smeared on the west side of the base of the monument.
“Have you been f——by this,” the alleged vandal wrote in paint with an arrow pointing up at the monument.
The monument – which stands 550 feet tall – is shaped like an obelisk, with four tapering sides leading to a pyramidal shape at the top.
It is located on the National Mall between the Lincoln Memorial and the Capitol, also near the White House.
“Government say hard s——,” the alleged suspect appeared to write on the monument.