Wednesday, Aug 1, 2018-The local police reported, “President Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was destroyed Wednesday morning by a man with a pickax that witnesses say he concealed in a guitar case”. The suspect was identified as Austin Clay, 24, who was booked on suspicion of felony vandalism. His hometown was not immediately available.
Officers were called around 3:30 a.m. to the star’s location on Hollywood Boulevard near Highland Avenue, where they found a small pile of rubble in place of the star. The star-smashing suspect, who reported the crime to police, later turned himself into Beverly Hills police after leaving the pickax at the scene, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. He called the police and said, “See you soon,” Lt. Karen Leong of the LAPD’s Hollywood Division told the Los Angeles Times.
According to jail records, An initial court date was not indicated in jail records and it was not immediately clear whether he has an attorney. Witness David Palmer said he is accustomed to seeing the unusual on Hollywood Boulevard, where tourists mingle with street performers dressed as superheroes and other characters, but he was surprised to see the Walk of Fame vandalism.
“We came here a few days ago and there was some graffiti on it,” said tourist Josh Kallen. “We didn’t think anything like this would happen”. “The Hollywood Walk of Fame is an institution celebrating the positive contributions of the inductees,” said Leron Gubler, President-CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. “When people are unhappy with one of our honorees, we would hope that they would project their anger in more positive ways than to vandalize a California State landmark. Our democracy is based on respect for the law. People can make a difference by voting and not destroying public property”.