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New York man arrested in connection with beheading of Christopher Columbus statue in Connecticut

2020-07-19

A man from Port Chester, N.Y., was arrested Thursday in connection with the beheading of a Christopher Columbus statue in Connecticut, The Hartford Courant reported.

Brandon Ambrose, 22, turned himself in to the police in Waterbury, Conn., according to the Courant.

The monument to the Italian explorer and colonizer was found decapitated outside Waterbury City Hall on July 4.

Ambrose was charged with criminal mischief, desecration of property and larceny. He was released on $1,500 bond.

Authorities had obtained an arrest warrant and launched a search for Ambrose after detectives discovered that he was trying to sell the gray statue’s nose, the Courant reported.