A vandal has been arrested after police say he was caught engraving letters into the Lincoln Memorial on Monday.
U.S. Park Police say an officer caught the suspect using a penny to engrave the letters "HYPT MAEK" into the fifth pillar on the north side of the Lincoln Memorial.
The suspect, later identified as 21-year-old Nurtilek Bakirov of the Kyrgyz Republic, was arrested and charged with malicious destruction of property. Officials said the maximum penalty Bakirov could face is 10 years in prison and a fine up to $25,000.
The National Park Service said its conservation team was determining the best process to fix the structure which was opened to the public in 1922.More