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    Tourists have their picture taken with the Charging Bull, which is sometimes referred to as the Wall Street Bull, in New York on October 17, 2014.

    Iconic Charging Bull Statue in New York City Damaged by Vandal - Photo

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    The attacker was identified as Tevon Varlack of Dallas, Texas, and he has been charged with disorderly conduct, criminal mischief and criminal possession of a weapon.

    An iconic Charging Bull statue in Lower Manhattan, NYC, was allegedly vandalised on Saturday by a 42-year-old who smashed his banjo against the bull's head and horns. 

    According to the New York Police Department, the man approached a popular tourist attraction and hit the statue at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday. The sculpture was left with scratches and breaks around its right horn.

    ​The suspect was identified as Tevon Varlack from Dallas, Texas, and he was was charged with criminal mischief, criminal possession of a weapon and disorderly conduct.

    Charging Bull, also known as the Wall Street Bull, is a bronze sculpture that was created by Italian artist Arturo Di Modica in 1989. Di Modica illegally dropped the sculpture outside the New York Stock Exchange as a gift to America and wanted the bull to inspire other people to be strong in the face of hardship. 

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