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Woman arrested over paint attacks on three iconic Washington, DC landmarks
Green paint is seen on the pedestal of the statue of Joseph Henry, the first Smithsonian secretary who served from 1846 to 1878, outside the Smithsonian Castle July 29, 2013 in Washington, DC. Three days after the Lincoln Memorial was vandalized with green paint, more green paint was discovered on the Joseph Henry statue, and on the organ console and casework of the historic Bethlehem Chapel at the National Cathedral. Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP.
WASHINGTON (AFP).- US police arrested a female suspect Monday after three iconic Washington landmarks, including the Lincoln Memorial, were vandalized with green paint.

A spokeswoman for the US capital's Metropolitan Police Department confirmed the woman's arrest to AFP, but gave no other details.

The Smithsonian Institution said "hard-to-notice, greenish paint" was discovered on Monday on a bronze statue of its first secretary Joseph Henry outside its headquarters on the National Mall.

"US Park Police looked at the paint to see if it matched what was thrown on the Lincoln Memorial" overnight Thursday, Smithsonian spokeswoman Linda St. Thomas told AFP.

Elsewhere, fresh green paint was found Monday in two chapels within the National Cathedral, a spokesman for the Episcopal church said.

Back at the Lincoln Memorial, workers with high-pressure hoses continued to carefully erase remaining bits of green paint on the white marble sculpture of Civil War president Abraham Lincoln.

"It's going to take several days," US Park Service spokeswoman Carol Johnson told reporters.

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