The woman charged with vandalizing the Washington National Cathedral was carrying what looked like a soda can with green paint in it when she arrested, WTOP reported Wednesday. She also had paint on her clothes, shoes and body.
The woman, Jiamei Tian, 58, has a Chinese passport and appeared in D.C. Superior Court Tuesday with a Mandarin translator, charged with defacing and destroying private property. She was ordered to be held without bail.
Authorities say they believe she is also connected to the green paint that was splattered last week on the Lincoln Memorial and on a statue of Joseph Henry outside the Smithsonian headquarters on the National Mall.
She is also suspected of vandalizing a statue of Martin Luther on Thomas Circle with green paint.
The woman arrived in the District a few days ago and was traveling on an expired visa, prosecutors said, according to WTOP.
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