Authorities: Man vandalized town’s 9-11 memorial

West Windsor Township workers Paul Grasselli and Jack King examine the vandalism at the Ronald Roger Arboretum at Clarksville and Princeton-Hightstown roads in The Township on Monday, November 03, 2014. West Windsor's Sept. 11 memorial steel beam, the area around the beam and a memorial gazebo were painted with red spray-paint over the weekend. (Martin Griff | Times of Trenton)

WEST WINDSOR, N.J. (AP) — A Georgia man has been charged with vandalizing a New Jersey town’s Sept. 11 memorial, including painting a beam from the World Trade Center.

West Windsor police tell The Times of Trenton ( that Daniil Strukov faces criminal mischief and desecration of a venerated object charges stemming from a spray-painting incident that occurred last month. They didn’t say what spurred the incident or provide further details on the investigation that led to Strukov’s arrest.

The 27-year-old Strukov had lived in Putnam, Connecticut before recently moving to Georgia. He was arrested there Sunday and is awaiting extradition to New Jersey, though it’s not clear if he will challenge that in court.

Authorities have said Cyrillic letters were spray-painted in red along with the name “Bozhena” on the memorial.


Information from: The (Trenton, N.J.) Times,

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