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Vandals caught defacing George Washington statue with red paint as Trump vows to find and punish masked ‘anarchists’

PRESIDENT Trump threatened to punish two masked vandals who were caught on camera defacing George Washington statues in New York. 

Footage shows the suspects — one wearing a full face mask — hurling red paint over two iconic statues at Washington Square Park in Manhattan.

Two masked vandals defaced statues of George Washington in Manhattan
Two masked vandals defaced statues of George Washington in Manhattan
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“We are tracking down the two Anarchists who threw paint on the magnificent George Washington Statue in Manhattan. We have them on tape.” Trump said.

Trump warned: “They will be prosecuted and face 10 years in Prison based on the Monuments and Statues Act. Turn yourselves in now!”

The NYPD surveillance video shows two men walking near the park early on Monday morning. 

One man was wearing a full face mask while the other had a surgical mask on.

The duo were caught on surveillance video near Washington Square Park early Monday morning
The duo was caught on surveillance video near Washington Square Park early Monday morning
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The duo then entered Washington Square Park and hurled paint-filled balloons at the statues. 

The video also captured a woman on a Citibike who appeared to act as a lookout for the two vandals. 

One statue is of Washington as a general during the Revolutionary War. 

The other depicts him as his first term as commander in chief. 

Two men allegedly threw paint at George Washington statues
Two men allegedly threw paint at George Washington statues
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A woman on a CitiBike acted as lookout as the two men threw red paint at the statues
A woman on a CitiBike appears to act as a lookout as the two men threw red paint at the statues
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George Washington was the first US president. He also owned slaves.

The incident comes as protesters have targeted an array of monuments, including Confederate leaders and even presidents, in the wake of George Floyd’s death.

The statues were powered washed by New York City Department of Parks and Recreation several hours after the incident. 

Workers powerwashed George Washington statues in Manhattan
Workers powerwashed George Washington statues in Manhattan
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No one has been arrested yet and the investigation is ongoing. 

Anyone with information about the suspects is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477)

Last Friday, President Trump signed an executive order to protect statues as protests continue across the country.

The executive order promises ‘long prison terms’ for protesters who vandalize monuments.

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