Suspect arrested in Vietnam Veterans Memorial vandalism

A 33 year-old Dorchester man has been taken into custody for allegedly destroying property and vandalizing the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Morrissey Boulevard on Thursday. The man— who has not been named— was sent to a Boston hospital for mental health evaluation, according to a statement by the Massachusetts State Police.

"If he is released from the hospital over the weekend he will be returned to police custody and charged with offenses of malicious destruction of property over $250 and tagging. If he is hospitalized for treatment he will be summonsed to Dorchester District Court on those charges at a later date," State Police related in a press release.

The State Police statement added:

"The man additionally is the subject of a prior default warrant out of the Dorchester court for a previous larceny of an American flag and Massachusetts state flag from the UMass campus. The warrant stems from a separate, past incident."

UMass Boston, which owns the land that includes the memorial and helps to maintain and secure it, helped in the investigation.

“We are relieved to know that this incident has been resolved and thank both the State Police and our own UMass Boston officers for their efforts in this investigation “ said UMass Boston Interim Chancellor Katherine Newman. “As Memorial Day approaches, and we gather to remember the sacrifices of veterans and their families, I hope this will restore some peace of mind.”