(WASHINGTON) — The woman accused of throwing green paint on the organ, walls and a mural at the Washington National Cathedral will be in court Friday for a preliminary hearing.
Jiamei Tian, 58, was arrested and charged with defacing property on Monday, three days after police were alerted to similar paint splattered on the Lincoln Memorial statue on Washington, D.C.’s National Mall.
In Monday’s incident, the organ in the Bethlehem Chapel of the iconic cathedral located in the northwest section of the nation’s capitol was doused with green paint.
“The paint was strewn over the chapel’s organ console and casework and was discovered still wet, leaving officials to believe the vandalism had just recently occurred,” The Cathedral said in a statement Monday.
When Metropolitan Police detectives arrived, they found splattered paint on a mural in an area of the cathedral and paint splattered on walls and an organ in another area of the cathedral. National Cathedral security personnel then detained Tian as a person of interest.
Investigators are also looking into whether Tian is the same person who splashed paint on the Lincoln Memorial and on a statue outside the Smithsonian headquarters. Green paint was also found Monday on a statue of Joseph Henry, the Smithsonian’s first secretary.
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