Video from an incident in Union Square Park earlier this month shows a man on a skateboard spraying gray paint on the George Floyd statue.
The New York Police Department (NYPD) released several videos of the suspect, including one in which he leaves the subway with his skateboard in hand. A reward of up to $3,500 was offered by the NYPD Crime Stoppers.
A 37-year-old skateboarder was arrested Monday, Oct. 25.
According to police, Micah Beals, of Rutgers Street, was charged with second-degree criminal mischief for reportedly throwing paint on the sculpture around 10:15 a.m. on Oct. 3. The investigation is still ongoing, and no further details has been provided, New York Post reported.
“The individual threw gray paint on the face and base of the statue and then fled the location while still riding on the skateboard,” the NYPD said in a report on the incident.
Lindsay Eshelman, co-founder of the group Confront Art, told CBS New York that Floyd’s bronze and wood statue was vandalized 48 hours after it was placed in Union Square.
The statue is part of the “SeeInJustice” exhibition, which also includes John Lewis and Breonna Taylor statues. The three figures have on display across New York City at various locations.
On Tuesday, shortly after midnight, Beals was arraigned and released on his own recognizance.
According to the criminal complaint, fully restoring the statue might cost around $20,000.
Floyd’s death by a Minneapolis police officer in May 2020 sparked nationwide protests against police brutality and racial injustice. Volunteers helped in the removal of the Floyd statue’s thick layers of gray-blue paint.