CENTRAL PARK, Manhattan (PIX11) — A pair of vandals spray-painted a statue of Christopher Columbus inside Central Park, the NYPD said Monday in a public appeal for tips.

Surveillance footage released by the department shows the duo approaching the statue around 10:15 p.m. Feb. 26. 

Using red spray paint, the pair wrote “murderer” and “give us our land back” on the statue, according to authorities.

They then defaced the statue further with the paint, police said, before fleeing on foot.

Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at https://crimestoppers.nypdonline.org/ and on Twitter @NYPDTips. All calls are strictly confidential.