WASHINGTON (AP) — A woman charged with defacing the Washington National Cathedral has been ordered released to a halfway house.
Jiamei Tian appeared at a preliminary hearing in D.C. Superior Court on Friday. A judge also ordered that she wear an ankle monitoring bracelet and barred her from leaving the halfway house or having visitors.
The 58-year-old has been charged with damaging two chapels of the cathedral with a soda can of green paint on Monday.
Police and prosecutors also believe she’s connected to several acts of similar vandalism, including at the Lincoln Memorial, a church and at a Smithsonian statue.
Authorities haven’t revealed a motive. They say Tian has a Chinese passport and that she was traveling in Washington on an expired visa.
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