CHICAGO (CBS) — In the second act of vandalism in three days, a statue of Christopher Columbus was found defaced in the Little Italy neighborhood on Columbus Day.
Red paint was splattered on the statue in Arrigo Park, at 801 S. Loomis St.
The words “mass murderer” and “decolonise” [sic] were spray painted on the sidewalk next to the statue.
City workers removed the graffiti Monday morning.
The same statue also was vandalized early Saturday. Police said three males on bicycles were spotted defacing the statue shortly after midnight, and the suspects tried to ride away when a witness confronted them.
One of the suspects, 30-year-old Kyle Miskell, fell off his bike, and the witness detained him until police arrived and arrested him. Miskell has been charged with felony counts of criminal damage to government property, and criminal defacement of property.
No one was in custody for Monday’s vandalism.