A woman was arrested today (July 29, 2013), after green paint was found splattered inside two chapels at the Washington National Cathedral, and police were investigating her in connection with two similar incidents on the National Mall, according to the Huffington Post website.
Tian Jiamel, 58, was arrested inside the cathedral shortly after the paint was found and charged with defacing property, police and cathedral officials said. Investigators were hoping to question her about the vandalism on the Mall -- including at the Lincoln Memorial -- but a language barrier was complicating those efforts, Assistant D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham said soon after the arrest.
Police believed Jiamel was homeless. No motive was given.
Green paint was found early on July 26 on the Lincoln Memorial, and symbols were found painted in green later that day on another statue on the Mall.
Washington National Cathedral is an Episcopal cathedral that serves as the nation's spiritual home.