Man targeting Hunter Biden artwork, vandalizes Manhattan gallery, attacks employee: Police

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Authorities arrested 47-year-old Brooklyn resident Rodrick Webber for vandalized a painting worth $14,500 at the George Burgess Art Gallery in SoHo.

SOHO, Manhattan (WABC) -- Police arrested a man who vandalized an expensive painting at an art gallery in Manhattan on Friday.

Authorities arrested 47-year-old Brooklyn resident Rodrick Webber around 3:40 p.m. at the George Burgess Art Gallery, located at 462 West Broadway in SoHo.

Officers determined Webber had spray painted the word "Daddy" on a wall inside the gallery, damaging a painting worth $14,500.

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Officials say the painting was damaged by the pink mist that came out of the spray can.

When a gallery employee approached the suspect, Webber attacked them.

During the arrest, the suspect called the officers "Nazis."

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Authorities believe the suspect was targeting Hunter Biden, who had art pieces inside the gallery. None of Biden's artwork was ruined.

Webber has been charged with criminal mischief and assault.


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