BOWLING GREEN, Manhattan — A Texas man was arrested after allegedly using a metal banjo to smash the famous “Charging Bull” in Manhattan’s Financial District, causing damage to the landmark, police said Saturday.
Tevon Varlick, of Dallas, made the banjo, police said.
Authorities said the 42-year-old man was arrested Saturday afternoon on charges of criminal mischief, possession of a weapon and disorderly conduct.
The attack left the statue with a hole in its right horn.
It’s not clear whether Varlack has an attorney to speak for him.
The 7,100-pound (3,200-kilogram) bull was created by Italian-born artist Arturo Di Modica in 1989 and installed in lower Manhattan as a work of guerrilla art.
Di Modica says the sculpture was his gift to America. It quickly became a popular attraction.