Sick vandals scrawl ‘f*** the Queen’ on Wall Street’s ‘Charging Bull’ a day after beloved monarch died aged 96: Cops release security video of four suspects
New York Police Department are hunting for four vandals who defaced Wall Street’s famous Charging Bull statue, scrawling the words ‘f*** the Queen‘ the day after her death.
The four – two women and two men – were caught on surveillance camera footage walking through Manhattan at 2:30am on September 9.
They used a ‘paint marker type instrument’ to deface the bull’s forehead, according to NYPD.
The graffiti has since been removed.
NYPD are hunting for four vandals who scrawled graffiti on the Charging Bull
Four people (pictured) are being sought in connection with the vandalism
Graffiti is considered a Class A misdemeanor in New York, meaning that it could be punishable by up to a year in jail.
Those convicted could also be ordered a pay a fine, and any restitution costs.
The 7,100-pound bull was created by Italian artist Arturo Di Modica in 1989 and installed in lower Manhattan as a work of guerrilla art.
It has been vandalized several times in the past, including twice in 2019.
In September 2019, a Texas truck driver, Tevon Varlack, attacked ‘the devil’ sculpture with a steel instrument, damaging its right horn.
He was arrested on charges of criminal mischief, disorderly conduct and criminal possession of a weapon.
The following month, a climate activist doused the bull with red paint and held a ‘die-in’ at its hooves, designed to highlight what they said was environmental destruction caused by Wall Street.
More recently, the bull was draped in flowers in February 2021 to mark Di Modica’s death.