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Halfway House For Woman Charged In D.C. Vandalism

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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.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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