A pair of vandals launched an assault on Washington Sq. Park’s famed arch early Monday — tossing balloons full of crimson paint at its two statues devoted to George Washington.
The 2 suspects — a lady wearing all white with a white bow in her hair and a person in a black shirt and black shorts — then fled on Citi Bikes, law-enforcement sources mentioned, noting there was surveillance video of the three:20 a.m. incident.
The early 20th Century statues — one in every of Washington because the nation’s first president and one other depicting him as normal of the nation’s Revolutionary Conflict forces — bled crimson as they dripped with the still-fresh paint simply earlier than eight a.m.
Remnants of the crimson, paint-filled balloons that had been tossed at them and the again aspect of the arch had been left on the scene in Greenwich Village in Manhattan.
Additionally left behind was the blue plastic cooler with wheels that the suspects used to tote the balloons. It nonetheless had crimson paint in it when cops discovered it.
The vandals additionally used white spray paint to attract the outlines of 24 folks’s our bodies across the park’s fountain — then tossed crimson balloons at their our bodies, primarily their heads, making it seem as in the event that they’d been shot.
“Washington has blood on his arms. I’m in favor of them defacing!” native Dr. Iven Younger, 86, instructed The Submit of the injury on the park.
Washington has garnered controversy as a result of whereas he helped discovered the nation, he additionally owned slaves and was accountable for the deaths of Native Individuals. Amid current huge protests over inequality, particularly following the police-brutality demise of George Floyd in Minnesota, such statues of outstanding early Individuals have been defaced and torn down throughout the US.
However Steve Romano, 61, additionally a physician who lives within the neighborhood, mentioned he opposed the vandalism.
“I really feel like the town is letting issues go, passively. It’s horrible,’’ he mentioned. “It’s getting out of hand. I don’t help defacing our monuments. It’s very irritating.’’
Cops from the Sixth Precinct took away the cooler and different proof left on the scene to check for issues equivalent to fingerprints.
In the meantime, metropolis Parks Division employees vigorously scrubbed the arch to get off the paint.
“This does do injury — you’ll be able to see little bit of the statue throughout me,’’ a employee instructed The Submit simply earlier than making his third go at cleansing a part of the marble construction with a citrus-based resolution and powerwasher.
“It’s marble — it comes off,’’ he mentioned.
Final week, a person painted “slave proprietor” on a state of Washington in Union Sq. Park in Manhattan.