Two arrested in Westerly after being caught red-handed trying to vandalize Columbus statue

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WESTERLY R.I. (AP) – Police in Rhode Island say they caught two people red-handed as they prepared to vandalize a statue of Christopher Columbus.

Westerly Police Chief Shawn Lacey said Friday that the pair of suspects were part of a group that was planning to paint the statue across from town hall early Thursday.

He says they were carrying spray paint, stenciling material and other items, and that officers intervened before any damage could be done.

A 28-year-old Providence woman and a 25-year-old Boston resident were each charged with injury to a public monument and trespassing.

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