According to Richmond County authorities, Kathryn Cronin of York, Pennsylvania was arrested on charges that she defaced the Staten Island 9/11 Memorial along the North Shore Waterfront, by striking profiles of at least two of the victims with a metal pipe. The damage, which caused two cracks to the profiles, will cost an estimated $1,500 to repair, officials said Tuesday.
Witnesses called 911 after they spotted Cronin vandalizing the memorial at around 8:30 a.m. Monday, police said. Responding officers arrested the Pennsylvania woman at the scene.
"While we have no reason to believe this incident is anything but the actions of one alleged vandal, the timing is certainly ironic as we begin a week where we pause to remember the thousands of our family, friends and heroes who perished on that tragic day 8 years ago," Richmond County District Attorney Daniel Donovan said in a statement. "This is a crime against the memory of every victim depicted on that wall."
Cronin is expected to be arraigned Monday afternoon in Staten Island Criminal Court on a charge of criminal mischief. She faces four years in prison, if convicted.
The Staten Island 9/11 Memorial which was opened on September 11, 2004, lies adjacent to the Staten Island Ferry Terminal and the Richmond County Ballpark at St. George. The memorial was constructed to honor the nearly 270 loved ones from Staten Island lost in the terrorist attacks. The area was one of the hardest hit communities on 9/11.