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NOPD Arrests Two, Seeks Person of Interest in Vandalism of Statue in Duncan Plaza

by Danielle B. Miller

June 14, 2020

Categories: Be on the Lookout, On Duty

Topics: Criminal Damage, Eighth District, Good Police Work, Person of Interest

NOPD Arrests Two, Seeks Person of Interest in Vandalism of Statue in Duncan Plaza

NOPD officers have arrested two individuals and are currently seeking a person of interest in connection with a statue that was vandalized in Duncan Plaza, located in the 300 block of Loyola Avenue.

On Saturday, June 13, 2020 around 4 p.m., the pictured subject began to damage the statue with a hammer and spray paint, which eventually was pulled to the ground. The pictured subject was observed as the main participant of vandalizing the statue.

The subject damaging the statue is described as a black male wearing a black t-shirt with a white logo on the front, black jogging pants with white stripes going down both legs, black slippers, black gloves and sunglasses. The subject has a husky build with a low groomed bush styled haircut and is approximately 6’0” tall.

Once the statue was on the ground, officers observed the statue being dragged by several demonstrators to the intersection of Gravier Street and Loyola Avenue. The statue was then loaded onto a pickup truck and transported to the 600 block of Decatur Street, where the statue was then thrown into the river.

Caleb Wassell (DOB: 08/23/1992) and Michaela Davis (DOB: 11/25/1988) were identified as the subjects who transported the statue. The subjects were apprehended and taken into custody. Wassell was booked with theft, possession of stolen goods, inciting a felony and inciting a riot. Davis was booked with principal to theft, inciting a felony, battery on a police officer, resisting an officer and possession of marijuana.

Anyone with information that can help locate the pictured subject should contact Eighth District detectives at 504-658-6080.