WASHINGTON — Prosecutors say a tourist charged with defacing the Washington National Cathedral was carrying a soda can of green paint when she was arrested.
A woman identified by police as Jiamei Tian appeared in D.C. Superior court Tuesday alongside a Mandarin translator. A court document lists her name as Jia M. Tian.
Prosecutors say the 58-year-old woman arrived in Washington a few days ago and was traveling on an expired visa. Police say she had no fixed address. It was not immediately clear what country she was from.
She was arrested Monday at the cathedral. The cathedral’s defacing followed two similar acts, including at the Lincoln Memorial, where paint was discovered Friday morning.