Bloomington, Indiana man accused of vandalizing the Washington Monument in Washington DC on Tuesday – The Bloomingtonian

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According to a press release from the United States Parks Police, a 44-year-old man from Bloomington is suspected of vandalizing the Washington Monument in Washington DC at 7:30 p.m. on September 20, 2022.

According to the press release, Shaun Ray Deaton, 44, of Bloomington, Indiana, was arrested after allegedly using paint to vandalize the outer base of the Washington Monument. Park Police say Deaton has been charged with trespassing, tampering and vandalism (36 CFR2.31). More charges could be on the way.

The press release said that National Park Service restorers have begun removing the paint.

Charges of crimes on federal property are automatically crimes.

Here is the full text of the release:

“FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 21, 2022

Contact: Sgt Thomas Twinam, [email protected] 202-619-7266

Arrested for vandalizing the Washington Monument

WASHINGTON — At 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 20, the United States Parks Police (USPP) arrested Shaun Ray Deaton, 44, of Bloomington, Indiana, for allegedly vandalizing the outer base of the Washington Monument with paint. Deaton was charged with trespassing and tampering, and vandalism (36 CFR2.31). This is an initial criminal charge and further charges may be filed as the investigation continues.

Conservators from the National Park Service have begun removing the paint. Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact the USPP Tip Line at 202-379-4877 or [email protected].”

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