A Colorado man has been charged with committing a hate crime after allegedly defacing one of the most iconic monuments in New York City: the Charging Bull statue.
According to a Manhattan District Attorney’s Office press release, 24-year-old Tukaizizi Ntambo of Denver, CO was arrested on Wednesday and charged with aggravated harassment, a hate crime, for allegedly drawing a swastika on the Charging Bull’s forehead.
The bronze sculpture, which has come to symbolize the city’s resilience and strength, has been a popular tourist destination since its installation in 1989.
Ntambo was caught on surveillance video allegedly committing the crime at approximately 7:50 a.m. on Wednesday morning. Authorities said Ntambo had traveled to New York City with a group of friends, and after drawing the swastika, he and his friends took photos of themselves with the defaced statue.
The graffiti has since been removed, according to the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.
Ntambo has been charged with aggravated harassment in the first degree, a class E felony. He faces a maximum sentence of four years in prison if convicted.
The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office is prosecuting the case, and the investigation is ongoing.