Trump vows that 'anarchists' who tossed paint on Washington Square arch 'will be prosecuted and face 10 years in prison'

Sonia Rincon
June 30, 2020 - 12:19 pm
Washington Square Arch

Sonia Rincón


NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that the hunt is on for a pair of "anarchists" who tossed paint-filled balloons at the Washington Square Arch early Monday morning, dousing two statues of President George Washington with red paint.

"We are tracking down the two Anarchists who threw paint on the magnificent George Washington Statue in Manhattan," Trump tweeted. "We have them on tape. They will be prosecuted and face 10 years in Prison based on the Monuments and Statues Act. Turn yourselves in now!"

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Two men were caught on surveillance tape throwing the balloons at the statues on the arch in Washington Square Park around 3:20 a.m. on Monday, police said. 

A woman on a Citi Bike may have acted as a lookout for the two men, according to police. 

Workers from the city's Parks Department could be seen power-washing the statues several hours later. 

No one had been arrested in connection with the vandalism as of Monday afternoon. An investigation is ongoing.