Suspect Sought In Waterbury Columbus Statue Vandalism

John Silva
July 10, 2020 - 11:11 am

(Waterbury, Conn./WTIC) - Police in Waterbury have identifed a suspect in the vandalism of a Christopher Columbus statue outside City Hall.

Officers say surveillance video shows 22-year-old Brandon Ambrose of Port Chester, New York climbing on to the statue in the wee hours of July 4 and striking the head several times until it fell off.  

Ambrose initally jumped off the statue and ran away with an object before, police say, he returned to finish the job.

Detectives say the nose from Columbus's head was missing and that someone, Ambrose, had attempted to sell that piece of broken statue.

When they find him, police say they intend to charge Ambrose with criminal mischief, descecration of property, and larceny.

Several protests involving those both for and against keeping the Columbus statue were held prior to it being vandalized.