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Posted on 02/07/2007 4:09:54 PM PST by csvset
|Authorities arrest man in vandalism to Confederate Monument
In a follow-up to a story we first reported in June of 2005, on Monday, Portsmouth Police arrested a man and charged him with vandalizing the Confederate Soldiers' Monument located in the downtown area of the city.
The suspect was identified as 20-year-old Troy Capps of Portsmouth.
Police say he was involved in defacing the monument on Court and High Streets by spray-painting the faces of the soldier with black paint.
The monument was badly damaged, and crews worked for months to restore it.
Capps was charged with a Class 6 felony. There was no information released on whether or not Capps is believed to have acted alone.
Portsmouth Officials Begin Clean-up on Confederate Monument
Portsmouth officials have begun the effort to restore the vandalized monument to Confederate soldiers in the city's downtown.
Authorities say sometime last Friday night or Saturday morning, someone spray painted black paint on the faces of the four soldiers depicted in the monument, which is located on Court Street near its intersection with High Street in downtown Portsmouth.
City officials consulted metal experts on the best way to remove the paint from the memorial without removing the patina of the soldier, who are made of cast zinc.
A metal conservator from Richmond began removing the paint Thursday morning. Although progress was made, authorities say the paint may never be completely removed because it actually soaked into the over-100 year old, coarse metal.
The Confederate Memorial, dedicated in 1893, is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The monument features a 56-foot granite pillar surrounded by four statues of men representing a different branch of the Confederate military: Cavalry, Infantry, Artillery, and Navy.
The monument clean-up is expected to cost $1600. The money is coming from a fund already set aside by the city to restore local monuments.
Police have made no arrests in connection with the vandalism. Anyone who may have information that can help their investigation is asked to call the Crimeline at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.
Photo: Portsmouth Police
I remember this. How did they happen to catch him now?
He should have to clean urinals with a toothbrush in the airport for several years and then brush his teeth with the same toothbrush.
Spray paint his ugly mug and let the metal experts remove it.
I'd bet he was flapping his yap about it.
Obviously this moron doesn't know that blacks fought on the side of the Confederacy and that freed black men in the South also owned slaves.
we drove past that monument many times.
glad they caught the guy who painted it.
any ideas how they caught him after all
Hope his neighbors spray paint his house and car every night.
"I'm Earl Scheib, and I'll paint any vandal for $39.99."
He doesn't play for the Patriots, does he?
I miss that guy!
No,no,no, at the bus station down town.
I just figured that the airport would be a busier place.
This perp needs to learn how to respect war dead. There is no excuse for his criminal behavior.
I can foresee the next wave of demands from the "offended" civil rights shysters: Start tearing down the old Confederate Civil war monuments in southern towns and cities. Hell, maybe they'll even start at Gettysburg. Will the American public roll over and let them?
I hope they send the bill to his parents.
PORTSMOUTH - A man police charged with defacing the city's Confederate Monument nearly two years ago said he did it as a dare.
During a brief interview at his apartment, Troy Allan Capps, 20, said he "didn't even really remember" spray painting the faces of the monument's troops on June 18, 2005.
The motivation for the vandalism of the Court Street monument had perplexed city leaders.
Repair work from the incident was completed this summer, according to Nancy Perry, director of museums for Portsmouth.
The cost of those repairs, a long with other planned restoration work on the figures, was more than $44,700.
Capps has been charged with felony destruction of property, said Ann Hope, a spokeswoman for the police department.
He faces a minimum sentence of one year in prison and a maximum of five years in prison if convicted, Hope said.
He has been released on bond.
He is the only person who has been charged in the incident, Hope said.
Capps, who lives in of the 10 block of E. Pollux Circle, said he had been at a party in Olde Towne drinking that night.
He declined to say if anyone else was involved.
"It was just a dare," Capps said. "Teens drunk, being stupid."
He also said he didn't know where the black spray paint came from.
The monument features a granite pillar and life-size figures of a sailor, cavalryman, infantryman and an artillery man that are mounted on pedestals and represent a different branch of the Confederate forces.
A document filed in Portsmouth General District Court provides a somewhat different account than what Capps described Wednesday.
On Monday, Capps told police that after work that night, he climbed over the fence surrounding the monument, then sprayed the soldiers' faces with paint. That summary does not mention a party.
About a week after the incident, the city of Portsmouth brought in a metal conservator from Richmond to do about $1,700 in "rescue work" to remove as much paint as possible from the faces, Perry said
Then last summer, a conservation company came in for seven days and completed cleaning and repairs on the four figures for a little more than $43,000, Perry said.
Will the American public roll over and let them?
$43,000? To remove spray paint from metal statues? What kind of paint was it, pigmented super-glue?
It might have been cheaper, and protected the statues better (who casts monumental statues for outdoors out of zinc, anyway?) to have spray-painted the whole figures with matching rustoleum.
He looks just brite enough to boast he painted the 'federate's face black to the wrong one.
Interesting perspective. However, I believe more blacks fought on the side of the Union.
And, were there any instances where a freed black man owned a WHITE slave?
You're probably thinking of Mark Twain's "Puddnhead Wilson" and that was fiction.