Man wanted after vandalizing Black Lives Matter mural in front of Trump Tower

Unidentified man wanted after vandalizing Black Lives Matter mural in front of Trump Tower

NEW YORK — Police released video footage Tuesday showing a man pouring a bucket of red paint over part of a Black Lives Matter mural painted last week in front of Trump Tower in New York City.

The man, who has not been identified as of Tuesday morning, is wanted on a charge of criminal mischief, authorities said.

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Police said the man approached the mural painted in front of 725 5th Ave. just after noon on Monday. He could be seen pulling a bucket of paint from a paper bag and dumping it onto the mural's yellow letters.

Mayor Bill de Blasio, who helped to paint the mural last week, said officials with the New York City Department of Transportation fixed the mural shortly after it was vandalized.

"To whoever vandalized our mural on 5th Avenue: nice try," the mayor wrote in a post on social media.

Anyone with information on the incident can anonymously contact police at 1-800-577-TIPS or on social media.