(USA TODAY) -- A 58-year-old Chinese national accused of defacing Washington
National Cathedral with green paint has been released to a halfway
house, where she will be electronically monitored.
At a court
appearance Friday, a District of Columbia judge ordered that Jiamei
Tian, whom authorities said had overstayed her tourist visa and had no
fixed address, must also not leave the facility or have visitors. She
was arrested Monday and charged with defacing two chapels in the
suspect that Tian is also connected to similar vandalism at the Lincoln
Memorial, a Smithsonian statue on the National Mall, another Washington
church and a statue of theologian Martin Luther. Prosecutors had said
she arrived in Washington shortly before the vandalism.
Friday's preliminary hearing, a detective testified that the tread from
one of the shoes she was wearing matched a paint footprint found early
July 26 at the Lincoln Memorial, The Washington Post reported.
visitor reported finding two 20-ounce Mountain Dew bottles full of
green and white paint, plus white footprints near the memorial's
Gettysburg Address inscription. Police said that when Tian was arrested
inside the cathedral she had a soda can containing similar green paint.
National Park Service said Thursday that the cleanup was nearly
finished. Work cleaning and restoring an organ and altar piece damaged
in the Bethlehem and Children's chapels at the National Cathedral is