Lincoln Memorial Vandalism: Jamie McDaniel reports incident to police
WASHINGTON (ABC7) - Stafford resident Jamie McDaniel says she and a friend were checking out the Lincoln Memorial early Friday morning when they spotted a splash of green paint.
It was about 1:30 a.m. when they say they heard an unusual echo from beside the statue. According to McDaniel, a group of six to eight men in their early 20s were being disruptive while standing near the monument.
She says moments later those men left. She didn't think anything of it until she approached the statue and saw green paint splattered across the marble.
"I start looking and I see the green paint," explained McDaniel. "And you look over and see the green paint and all of a sudden I see some white paint and it's still wet."
McDaniel says she spotted two 20 ounce bottles of Mountain Dew, one carrying green paint and the other white paint. She also says she saw white footprints.
McDaniel says she waited several minutes for a U.S. Park Police officer to arrive on his rounds. She says she doesn't know if the men she saw were involved in the incident, but she did share her story with investigators.
U.S. Park Police have confirmed that they have surveillance video of the incident. But at this time they have not identified or named any suspects. We do know that they are very interested in examining the pictures taken the night of the incident by Erin Gilliss, McDaniel's friend.