Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was destroyed Wednesday morning by a man with a pick ax, the second time in less than two years the star was vandalized.
Officers were called around 3:30 a.m. to the star’s location on Hollywood Boulevard near Highland Avenue to investigate a vandalism call, according to Officer R. Brown with the Los Angeles Police Department’s Media Relations Section.
Witnesses told ABC7 a man carrying a guitar case pulled a pick ax from the case and broke up the star.
This is the second time Trump’s star has been vandalized in less than two years. In October 2016 a man dressed as a construction worker smashed the star with a pickax and sledgehammer. James Otis pleaded no contest to felony vandalism in February 2017 and was sentenced to three years probation, 20 days of community service and agreed to pay $4,400 for the damage.
After bashing through the plaque, the man called police and advised he had vandalized Donald Trump’s star, the Los Angeles Times reported. He called on himself and said, “See you soon,” Lt. Karen Leong of the LAPD’s Hollywood Division told the newspaper.
Private security in the area attempted to intervene but couldn’t stop the man because they don’t have police powers, she said.
By the time officers arrived at the scene, the man was gone, Leong said. However, about an hour later, officials say he walked up to Beverly Hills police headquarters, identified himself and said he wanted to turn himself in.
LAPD officers picked him up soon after and took him into custody. He was still being interviewed at 6 a.m., Leong said, adding he will likely be booked on suspicion of felony vandalism.