Police: DC vandalism acts likely related

Associated Press
Green paint is seen on the pedestal of the statue of Joseph Henry, outside the headquarters of the Smithsonian Institution on the National Mall in Washington, Monday, July 29, 2013. U.S. Park police say the marring of the Smithsonian's first secretary was discovered on July 26, the same day that the Lincoln Memorial was splattered with green paint. The Smithsonian's Museum of Natural History is seen in the distance. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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WASHINGTON (AP) — D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier says a series of vandalism acts involving splashes of green paint on national landmarks appear to be connected.

Jiamei Tian was arrested Monday and charged with splattering green paint inside two chapels at the Washington National Cathedral. The arrest came after police discovered two similar incidents on the National Mall, including at the Lincoln Memorial.

The 58-year-old woman, who police believe is homeless, was due in court later Tuesday on a charge of defacing property. It wasn't immediately clear if she had a lawyer. Police did not describe a motive.

Lanier said on her regularly scheduled appearance on a news talk program on NewsChannel 8 that police believe the incidents are connected.

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