The D.C. Vandalism Suspect Was Found With a Soda Can of Green Paint

J. Scott Applewhite/AP

The woman believed to be responsible for vandalizing the a series of significant sites in D.C. made her first court appearance Tuesday, and now we know her name. Jia M. Tian, 58, was found in the National Cathedral's Children's Chapel on Monday afternoon, holding a soda can filled with the same color of green paint used to deface the Cathedral. 

The woman, who has no permanent address, has a Chinese passport and was traveling on a visa that expired three days ago, according to the Associated Press. As we noted earlier today, she appears to speak little English. She'll be held without bail on charges of defacing property. The AP explains, citing court documents, how she was found: 

When a police officer approached her, she walked away and placed the soda can with green paint inside one of three bags that were sitting on chairs in the chapel, documents show. She also had green paint on her clothing, shoes and body, according to the documents.

She was wearing a multicolored sock on her right arm, and a similar sock was found in a trash can in a bathroom at the cathedral on top of a can of green paint, according to the documents. The bags placed in the chapel also had cans of green paint in them, the documents show.

Her arrest likely solves the mystery behind a week-long spree of green paint vandalism targeting a series of landmarks in the nation's capital, which prosecutors believe are all linked to Tian. 

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