Just three days after green paint was found splashed across parts of the Lincoln Memorial, officials say two chapels at the National Cathedral were also vandalized in a similar fashion.
The cathedral's Bethlehem Chapel was temporarily closed on Monday afternoon while authorities investigated the vandalism. A National Cathedral employee found paint poured on top of an organ in the Bethlehem Chapel and in the Children's Chapel.
The Associated Press reported that police arrested a woman on Monday in connection with the vandalism. Peter Newsham, assistant chief of the Metropolitan Police Department, told the AP that the woman was arrested nearby and will likely be charged with destruction of property.
Cathedral spokesman Richard Weinberg told The Washington Post that the paint in the Bethlehem Chapel was still wet, leading them to believe the vandalism was recent, and that the paint can be removed from the organ, which was installed in the chapel in 1950.
The Bethlehem Chapel is the oldest part of the cathedral and for many years was the only indoor worship space in the cathedral. In 1912, it was the first part of the cathedral to be completed, at a cost of $200,000.
Also on Monday, WUSA-9 reported that a statue across from the Smithsonian Castle on the National Mall was also vandalized with green paint. U.S. Park Police told WUSA-9 that the act also happened on Friday, the same day as the Lincoln Memorial vandalism, but that the events have not been connected. Unintelligible green symbols were painted on the base of the statue of the museum's first secretary.
A National Park Service spokeswoman told The Washington Post that the paint found on the Lincoln Memorial is about 90 percent removed. Though police have not arrested any suspects, two witnesses say they may have information that Park Police could use in their investigation, according to WUSA-9.
A woman from Colorado, Erin Gilliss, took photographs at the memorial that show a group of unidentified people in the background. Her friend Jamie McDaniel told WUSA-9 that she saw soda cans and bottles filled with paint when they discovered the vandalism and reported it to police.