Two guys were caught on video red-handed throwing red paint-filled balloons at the Washington Square Arch.
Police said the pair pelted the marble landmark with the blood-symbolizing pigment around 3:20 a.m. on Mon., June 29.
From the look of a surveillance video clip released by police, each man targeted one of the two George Washington statues — the “Washington at War” statue on the arch’s eastern pier and the “Washington at Peace” statue on the western pier.
Washington led the Continental Army in the American Revolutionary War and was the nation’s first president — but he also owned hundreds of slaves. He personally was a slaveholder, plus married into a slave-owning family. However, he did free his slaves upon his death, the only Founding Father to do so.
The paint-tossing perps are wanted for criminal mischief.
Following the vandalism, the Parks Department had a worker promptly power-wash the monument.
Because marble is porous and the paint can sink into it, Parks always moves fast to remove graffiti and splashed paint from the arch.
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