Police seek help identifying suspect who vandalized Carmel statue 


Carmel police are seeking assistance in identifying a person who vandalized a statue of a police officer.

Video cameras in the area caught the incident occurring at approximately 3:43 a.m. June 20. A male suspect wrote “it can happen here” in red paint on the officer’s back and smeared red paint on his hands and elsewhere on his uniform.

The statue is on the north side of Main Street at the Monon Greenway. The paint was removed by the Carmel Street Dept. and did not cause permanent damage.

The statue by J. Seward Johnson is titled, “Oh, It’s You, Welcome.” It serves as a reminder of Frank Carey, the only Carmel police officer killed in the line of duty. Carey died in 1900 during a shoot-out.

Anyone with information about the suspect or incident is asked to contact Officer Shane VanNatter at 317-571-2500 or [email protected].


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