A woman was arrested for splattering green paint across an organ and walls of the National Cathedral, according to police who are looking into whether she was responsible for a similar attack on the Lincoln Memorial last week.
Tian Jiamei, 58, was picked up near the scene of Sunday's incident and charged with defacing property after detectives discovered splattered paint on a pipe organ in the cathedral’s Bethlehem Chapel -- the oldest portion of the cathedral, which was completed in 1912.
Part of the Children’s Chapel was also smeared with the substance which horrified worshipers found after the church's noon service on Sunday, NBC Washington reported.
Green paint was also found the granite base of a statue of Martin Luther next to the Smithsonian Castle on the Mall.
The cathedral was the latest victim of a string of acts of vandalism involving all of which have been hit with green paint. Police are now looking into whether the offenses are linked.
"Detectives are investigating whether the suspect may have been involved in similar offenses," they said in a statement releaesed late Monday.
Early Friday morning, green paint was found on the leg of the Lincoln Memorial as well as the chair and the floor in front of it.
After closing the iconic statue of the nation's 16th president for nearly 12-hours, maintenance crews managed to clean the damage.
A similar substance was discovered Monday, on a statue memorializing Joseph Henry, the first secretary of the Smithsonian Institution and the Luther Place Memorial Church at Thomas Circle.
Linda St. Thomas of the Smithsonian told NBC Washington that the Smithsonian was working hard to remove the paint from the granite base and the bronze statue of Joseph Henry.
"We have to find a product that will not damage the protective coating," she said.
Tian is could be arraigned in superior court Tuesday.
First published July 30 2013, 10:02 AM