Man charged with spray-painting Columbus statue in West Side park

Oct 09, 2017 2029

BY: Tony Briscoe

A man charged with defacing a Christopher Columbus statue in Chicago's Little Italy neighborhood also shouted obscenities as the statue's pedestal was defaced, prosecutors said Sunday. Kyle Miskell, 30, of the 2200 block of West 23rd Place, appeared Sunday at the Leighton Criminal Court Building, charged with felony criminal damage to government property and criminal defacement of property.

Miskell was part of a group of three masked men who rode bikes to Arrigo Park, 801 S. Loomis St. on the West Side, about midnight Friday. The three spray-painted the head and hands of the statue. On the statue's pedestal, they sprayed several other messages, including: "All colonies are burning"; "Muerte al estado"; "f--- Columbus; and an anarchy symbol, according to prosecutors and court documents.

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