Update: Woman Charged With Damaging Doughboy Statue Says It Was an Accident

Update Friday:

Lynchburg, VA - The Lynchburg woman charged with damaging the Doughboy statue at Monument Terrace told ABC 13 it was an accident and she feels terrible about what happened.

The bayonet had been broken off the WWI monument earlier this month.

Police say they got a tip earlier this week about the damage. That led them to 21-year-old Jessica McCrickard.

She faces several charges, including injuring a property or monument.

Police say the broken piece of the bayonet is in the James River, and she is working with them to help them recover it.

They may send in divers.


Lynchburg, VA - Officials with the Lynchburg Police Department have arrested a woman they say damaged the Doughboy statue in downtown Lynchburg.

Jessica N. McCrickard, 21, of Amherst was arrested and charged Thursday with one count of injuring property and one count petit larceny, both of which are misdemeanors.

On October 4, someone broke the bayonet off the statue at Monument Terrace.

Officials say the Lynchburg Police Department's Criminal Investigation Unit received information from an anonymous source earlier this week, which led to the arrest.

Police say the broken piece of the bayonet is in the James River, and they are trying to recover it.

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