Teen arrested for allegedly vandalizing WWI memorial in Central Park: NYPD

Teen arrested for allegedly vandalizing WWI memorial in Central Park: NYPD

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CENTRAL PARK, Manhattan (PIX11) – A 16-year-old boy was arrested Thursday night for allegedly vandalizing a World War I memorial in Central Park earlier this week, according to the NYPD.

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The teen was charged with criminal mischief and making graffiti, police said. Police did not identify the teen because he is a minor.

The boy and two others allegedly spray-painted “Gaza” and “Free Palestine” on a statue of General William Tecumseh Sherman, located near 67th Street and Fifth Avenue and blocks away from demonstrations near the Met Gala, police said.

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Mayor Eric Adams offered a $5,000 reward for the arrest of all three suspects. The NYPD also offered a $10,000 reward.

Police sources told PIX11 News someone called in a tip to the NYPD Crime Stoppers hotline with the teen’s name and high school. However, it was not clear whether the tip was how investigators identified the suspect, the sources said.

The two additional suspects have not been arrested, as of Friday morning.

Submit tips to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting crimestoppers.nypdonline.org, downloading the NYPD Crime Stoppers mobile app, or texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. Spanish-speaking callers are asked to dial 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

Erin Pflaumer is a digital content producer from Long Island who has covered both local and national news since 2018. She joined PIX11 in 2023. See more of her work here.

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