Man damaged sculptures in Vatican Museums


An American man of Egyptian descent on Wednesday threw down two ancient busts that were on shelves in the Vatican Museum in Rome and damaged them. The tourist, who was upset and reportedly wanted to speak to Pope Francis, tried to flee and was arrested by the Vatican gendarmes and taken to a police station for questioning.

The man entered the Vatican Museums with a ticket. Inside, he threw the first of the two busts to the ground, damaging the nose and ears of a sculpture.

The base of the second statue was damaged. The man was noticed by the supervisors and stopped by the gendarmes who guard the museums.

The man who arrived in Rome three days ago has a U.S. criminal record for causing public nuisance. The man has mental health problems, police said.

Source: Krone


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