Lynchburg, VA Monument Vandal Arrested

The Doughboy statue in Lynchburg, VA, following an act of vandalism in which the bayonet blade was broken off .

The Doughboy statue in Lynchburg, VA, following an act of vandalism in which the bayonet blade was broken off .

Lynchburg, VA – Since the discovery of vandalism to a “Doughboy” statue in Lynchburg, VA on October 4, authorities have been attempting to identify the responsible parties.  The act of vandalism, which saw the intentional breaking off and removal of a bayonet blade from a bronze statue memorializing the First World War dead of Lynchburg, VA, spurred public outcry, and a plea by town officials for the return of the missing piece.  Local veterans groups subsequently organized a public awareness campaign which included a $3,000.00 reward for the missing bronze blade.

Memorials in Lynchburg, such as the Doughboy statue, are maintained through private donations, and officials feared that the act of vandalism would require a reproduction of the missing piece.

Acting on a tip, Lynchburg police  announced the arrest of 21-year-old Jessica McCrickard of Amherst, VA, who claimed to have accidentally broken off the bayonet blade, and then disposed of it by throwing it into the James River.  Ms. McCrickard reported feeling “terrible” about the incident, though no public comment has been offered regarding her subsequent disposal of the piece.  She is now working with officials to recover  the blade.

This is the second time in recent years that the statue has been vandalized in this way, though previously officials discovered the broken blade propped next to the monument.