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Police: Man to face charges for defacing veterans memorial

May 25, 2019

BOSTON (AP) — Police say they’ve taken a man into custody for vandalizing a memorial to Vietnam War veterans in Boston ahead of the Memorial Day holiday.

State Police and University of Massachusetts-Boston Police identified a 33-year-old man from Dorchester as the suspect. Police say he was interviewed Saturday, then sent to a local hospital for a mental health evaluation and treatment.

His name wasn’t publicly released. Police say he’ll be charged with malicious destruction of property and tagging.

Volunteers cleaned up the swastikas and other graffiti that was scrawled on the memorial at the UMass-Boston campus sometime Thursday. They replaced American flags and plants that adorned it.

Interim Chancellor Katherine Newman says the campus community is relieved the incident has been resolved.

The memorial, which bears the names of 80 fallen servicemen, was also defaced in October.

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