Fairfax County Police arrested a 39-year-old woman accused of shredding multiple U.S. flags flying outside homes in several area neighborhoods on Aug. 26.
Maria Arif destroyed, shredded, and ripped the flags at over a dozen homes in Annandale and Falls Church, WTTG reported.
Arif walked from home to home tearing down the flags and then cutting them up or mutilating them.
“The victims started contacting the police after a large number of flags over the course of a few days were being vandalized in the neighborhood,” Fairfax County police representative Trevor Steranko told WMAL.
“This lady came up and we were sleeping outside and having a nice time in our yard,” Cherie Sullivan told WTTG. “It makes you feel a little unsafe.”
“I don’t know what happened that would cause someone to physically cut up a flag for no reason at all. Maybe she has something against people hopefully she doesn’t and that she gets some help and recover from whatever was happening,” she added.
Arif was charged with larceny, two counts of mutilating a U.S. flag, and two counts of destruction of property.
She was booked into the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center where she posted bond, according to a Fairfax County Police Department press release.
Police said the investigation is ongoing, and more charges could be added.