The area around the Washington Monument was temporarily closed and a man was taken into custody on Sept. 20 after the iconic landmark was vandalized with an expletive-filled message in red paint, police said.
An alert was tweeted by the United States Park Police on Sept. 20 saying the area around the base of the Washington Monument was temporarily closed and an adult male was in custody for vandalism. The man's name has not been released by authorities.
The base of the 555-foot-tall monument in the nation's capital could be seen smeared by red paint with the words, "Have you been f----- by this ↑. Gov says tough s---."
The motive for the vandalism was not immediately clear, police said. The monument is expected to remain closed while the investigation continues.
Workers could be seen trying to remove the paint from the porous marble with washers and cleaning solution on Wednesday morning, according to NBC Washington.