Monday, June 29, 2015

Arrest Made for Vandalism of Jefferson Davis Monument

June 27, 2015

The Richmond Police Department has arrested a Richmond man for vandalizing the Jefferson Davis monument.

Joseph Weindl, 39, of the 1700 block of Blair Street has been charged with Destruction of City Property, a misdemeanor. The charge will be upgraded to a felony once the cost of cleaning up the damage is shown to exceed $1,000.

At approximately 10:34 p.m. on June 26, 2015 RPD officers were called to the 2500 block of Monument Avenue for a report of vandalism in progress at the Jefferson Davis Monument. By the time they arrived, the vandal had left the scene. An “L” had been spray-painted to the granite base of the monument.

Working with descriptions of the suspect and suspect vehicle provided by a witness and evidence obtained at the scene, detectives were able to identify Weindl.

During an interview, Weindl confessed to the vandalism. But, he has denied vandalizing the monument the previous night when the phrase “Black Lives Matter” was spray-painted on the granite base of the monument. That investigation remains open.

Anyone with information about either case is asked to call Property Crimes Detective William Cutshall at (804) 646-1068 or Crime Stoppers at 780-1000. Citizens can also text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip. Both Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.


          Joseph Weindl