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Chinese woman appears in DC court over green paint vandalism
A tourist photographs a paint spattered statue of Abraham Lincoln July 30, 2013 at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. Green paint was found early Friday morning on the Lincoln Memorial US police arrested a female suspect Monday after three Washington landmarks, the Lincoln Memorial, a statue on the National Mall and two chapels at the National Cathedral were vandalized with green paint. Workers are using a solvent that will hopefully draw the paint out of the granite surface. Police have arrested 58-year-old Tian Jiamel and she has been charged with defacing property. AFP PHOTO / Karen BLEIER
WASHINGTON (AFP).- A Chinese woman appeared in a Washington court Tuesday for splattering green paint inside the National Cathedral the day before, the US Attorney's Office said.

Jiame Tian, 58, who has been charged with felony destruction of property, was ordered by Judge Lori Parker to remain in custody pending a hearing on Friday while the case remains under investigation.

The National Cathedral was among a number of landmarks in the US capital -- most notably the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall -- vandalized with green paint in recent days.

Court documents identified the accused as a Chinese passport holder with a US visa that expired Saturday. When questioned by police "in her native tongue," she gave no details besides saying she lived in Los Angeles.

She was arrested at the National Cathedral holding "what appeared to be a soda can containing a green paint similar in color" to the paint used to deface religious statutes and a pipe organ there.

Felony destruction of property carries a statutory maximum of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.

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