A man is facing charges after an iconic statue in Salem, Massachusetts was vandalized.
The iconic ‘Bewitched’ statue at Essex and Washington streets was found covered in red paint on Monday.
“We actually smelled paint in the air,” said Richard Rennard. “It was my wife who said, ‘what is he doing?’ and we looked and I stood up and shouted. He stood here very casually with red paint, just painting the statue.
The suspect has been identified by police as Kylynn Chambers, 32. He was spotted near the train station minutes after the crime. Police say he ran when approached by officers, but was quickly arrested. Chambers is charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and felony damage to property.
The bronze statue commemorates the television show “Bewitched,” which aired in the 60s and 70s and filmed several episodes in Salem, according to the city’s website. It depicts actress Elizabeth Montgomery riding a broomstick. Montgomery played lead character Samantha Stephens on the show, the character known for twitching her nose to cast a spell.
“I’m almost 50, so it’s nostalgia for me,” said tourist Jennifer Larose. “That’s what I saw growing up, so there are a lot of great memories for me.”
Larose says the statue was a key destination when she was planning her trip here.
“It was one of the few things I wanted to see while we were here and we arrived and there was red everywhere and you could tell someone had spray painted it,” he said. she declared.
Chambers will be arraigned on Tuesday. It was not immediately clear if he had obtained a lawyer.