Suspect in defacement of monument says it was done as a dare
By JEN MCCAFFERY, The Virginian-Pilot
© February 8, 2007
PORTSMOUTH - A man police charged with defacing the city's Confederate Monument
nearly two years ago said he did it as a dare.
During a brief interview at his apartment, Troy Allan Capps, 20, said he "didn't
even really remember" spray painting the faces of the monument's troops
on June 18, 2005.
The motivation for the vandalism of the Court Street monument had perplexed
Repair work from the incident was completed this summer, according to Nancy
Perry, director of museums for Portsmouth.
The cost of those repairs, a long with other planned restoration work on the
figures, was more than $44,700.
Capps has been charged with felony destruction of property, said Ann Hope,
a spokeswoman for the police department.
He faces a minimum sentence of one year in prison and a maximum of five years
in prison if convicted, Hope said.
He has been released on bond.
He is the only person who has been charged in the incident, Hope said.
Capps, who lives in of the 10 block of E. Pollux Circle, said he had been at
a party in Olde Towne drinking that night.
He declined to say if anyone else was involved.
"It was just a dare," Capps said. "Teens drunk, being stupid."
He also said he didn't know where the black spray paint came from.
The monument features a granite pillar and life-size figures of a sailor, cavalryman,
infantryman and an artillery man that are mounted on pedestals and represent
a different branch of the Confederate forces.
A document filed in Portsmouth General District Court provides a somewhat different
account than what Capps described Wednesday.
On Monday, Capps told police that after work that night, he climbed over the
fence surrounding the monument, then sprayed the soldiers' faces with paint.
That summary does not mention a party.
About a week after the incident, the city of Portsmouth brought in a metal
conservator from Richmond to do about $1,700 in "rescue work" to remove
as much paint as possible from the faces, Perry said
Then last summer, a conservation company came in for seven days and completed
cleaning and repairs on the four figures for a little more than $43,000, Perry
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