WASHINGTON (WUSA9/USA TODAY) -- A tourist charged with defacing the Washington National Cathedral was carrying a soda can of green paint when she was arrested, prosecutors said Tuesday.
Jiamei Tian is being held without bond after appearing Tuesday in District of Columbia Superior Court beside a Mandarin translator. A court document lists her name as Jia M. Tian.
The cathedral's defacing Monday followed two similar acts, at Lincoln Memorial and a statue near the Smithsonian Castle on the National Mall, where paint was discovered Friday morning. Police are trying to link Tian, arrested Monday, to all of the vandalism cases, D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said outside of court.
The 58-year-old woman arrived in the nation's capital a few days ago and was traveling on an expired visa, prosecutors say. Police say she has no fixed address.
At the cathedral, green paint was found spattered on the pipe organ console and casework, officials said. The paint was still wet when they discovered it.
Bethlehem Chapel, where the vandalism occurred, is the oldest portion of the cathedral, completed in 1912, Washington National Cathedral officials said Monday. It is on the cathedral's lower level and was the site of burial rites for President Woodrow Wilson in 1924 and the original location of his tomb for more than three decades. The former president now is interred in a memorial bay bearing his name on the cathedral's main level.
A second chapel at the cathedral, the Children's Chapel, also was vandalized Monday.
Contributing: The Associated Press