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By George! Cops seek two suspects in arch attack

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.

The “Washington at War” statue still covered in red paint on Monday morning. It was soon power-washed. (Photo by The Village Sun)

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.

Anyone with information should call the New York Police Department’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). Tips can also be submitted on the Crime Stoppers Web site at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or on Twitter at @NYPDTips.

All tips are strictly confidential.

2 Comments

  1. David Thall David Thall July 5, 2020

    These are not protesters, they are young white vandals – many of whom have been spray-painting graffiti downtown in SoHo and the Village for years.

    These two young white vandals have essentially appropriated the recent protests for black justice to justify their own nasty destructive behavior.

    These idiots play right into the hands of Trump campaign, who is now running as the law and order candidate.

    They have leveled the moral high ground at the expense of the death of George Floyd. I haven’t seen any black protesters spray-painting the F word on stone building facades, only young white men.

  2. David Thall David Thall July 5, 2020

    These are not protestors, they are young white vandals – many of whom have been spray painting graffiti downtown in SoHo and the Village for years.

    These two young white vandals have essentially appropriated the recent protests for black justice, to justify their own nasty destructive behavior.

    These idiots play right into the hands of the Trump campaign, who is now running as the law and order candidate.

    They have leveled the moral high ground at the expense of the death of George Floyd. I haven’t seen any black protestors spray painting the F word on stone building facades, only young white men.

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