Police say a man is in custody, related to the destruction of the president’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame with a pick axe, early on Wednesday morning.
A call came in at approximately 3.30am Pacific reporting vandalism to Donald Trump‘s star, located at Hollywood and Highland, Los Angeles Police Officer Ray Brown told DailyMail.com.
This is the second time the star has been destroyed by someone using a pick axe.
A man who is described as a white male who appears to be approximately 25 years old is now in custody in Hollywood, related to this incident.
The suspect turned himself in to the Beverly Hills Police Department at around 4.30am, a BHPD spokesperson told DailyMail.com.
The suspect, whose identity has not been disclosed, is awaiting charges.
Trump, who was honored with the star in January 2017, has not publicly commented on this incident of vandalism of the star.
The last time the star was destroyed with a pick axe was in October 2016, right before Trump was elected president, by a man named James Otis.
Otis, who was dressed as a construction worker and also used a sledge hammer at the time, said his goal was to remove the star, auction it, and donate any money raised to the women who accused Trump of sexual assault leading up to the presidential election.
Otis pleaded no contest to a felony vandalism charge related to the incident in February 2017, was placed on probation, sentenced to 20 days of community service and ordered to pay $4,400 in damages and lawyer’s fees.
Other incidents of vandalism include a reverse swastika being spray painted on the star in January 2016, and the symbol for ‘mute,’ which indicates sound has been turned off on a device, being spray painted on the star in June of 2016.
Speculation around the spray painting of the ‘mute’ sign included the possibility that it was meant to protest Trump’s antagonistic language used during his campaign.
That incident was video taped and posted on YouTube with the title, ‘Trump muted in Hollywood blvd.’
The Anti-Defamation League, whose mission is to stop the defamation of Jewish people, explains the distinction between forward and reverse-facing swastikas, as follows:
‘The swastika as adopted by the Nazis has “arms” that hook to the right; later white supremacists maintained this tradition.
‘Though sometimes more ignorant white supremacists accidentally render swastikas “backwards,” the backwards or left-pointing swastika is typically the hallmark of someone not actually that familiar with white supremacist iconography.’
Workers have already reoved the rubble to prep it for replacement, which is underway.
Crowds stopped to watch and take photos as workers began the process.
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has said it has no plans to permanently remove the star, despite its repeated targeting by vandals and activists, and a longstanding petition with nearly 50,000 signatures calling for its displacement.
All of the stars on the Walk of Fame are maintained by the Hollywood Historic Trust.
The suspect related to the Wednesday morning incident is currently in custody at the Hollywood police station, awaiting processing and booking, Officer Brown said.
It’s not yet known what charges will be filed.