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Statue defaced by graffiti

A group of students vandalized several campus landmarks with spray paint on Halloween night, a University official said.

On the morning of Nov. 1, students walking to class through University Yard saw genitals painted on the statue of George Washington – along with the text “Hell Yea, Gdubz” and an anarchy symbol.

There was also graffiti on the hippo in front of Lisner Auditorium, the Law School and several cars.

Dolores Stafford, chief of the University Police Department, said there is video evidence of the crimes and that Student Judicial Services will be taking action. She added the Metropolitan Police Department is involved in the investigation and has issued arrest warrants.

Earlier that night, the student perpetrators were stopped by UPD, but later released.

“They were stopped by UPD officers for something else earlier that night and then identified later via video committing the vandalism and identified as the same group stopped and identified by UPD earlier,” Stafford wrote in an e-mail.

Despite a spate of vandalism on campus, Stafford said there is no evidence linking this to other crimes.

As of press time, she was unsure whether the arrests had been made.

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