FBI Pittsburgh
Public Affairs Officer Catherine Coennen
(412) 432-4291
May 28, 2020

Reward Offered After WWI Memorial Defaced

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the identification, arrest, and conviction of the individual(s) responsible for defacing the WWI Memorial in Lawrenceville, also commonly referred to as the Doughboy Statue.

FBI Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the person(s) responsible for acts of vandalism at the memorial along Butler Street and Penn Avenue in Lawrenceville.

On May 25, 2020, an unknown individual (or individuals) used red paint to deface the memorial. It is believed the subject(s) also wrote the phrase, “JUNE 19 1986 GLORY TO THE DAY OF HEROISM.” The memorial was also painted on all sides with images of a hammer and sickle drawing in red paint. The backside of the statue was splashed with red paint.

Anyone with information regarding this crime should contact the FBI’s Pittsburgh Field Office at (412) 432-4000. Tips may be reported anonymously at tips.fbi.gov.

For media inquiries please call (412) 432-4291 or email cpolicicchio@fbi.gov.