July 25, 2018 at 11:42 am EDT | by Mariah Cooper
Trump’s Hollywood Walk of Fame star smashed by man with pickaxe

(Screenshot via KCAL/KCBS)

Donald Trump’s Hollywood Walk of Fame star was vandalized by a man with a pickaxe early Wednesday morning, according to KCAL/KCBS.

At around 3:30 a.m. PST, police were called to the star’s location on Hollywood Boulevard near Highland Avenue. The star’s rubble remains were left on the sidewalk. Authorities say a man smashed the star with a pickaxe that was concealed inside a guitar case.

Witnesses were around for the incident including two security guards and Patricia Cox, a Walgreens worker on her way to work.

“I just seen a guy going to town on, I guess, the ground or whatever,” Cox told KCAL/KCBS. “I didn’t know what was going on.”

After destroying the star, the man fled the scene but he did report the crime to police. He later turned himself into Beverly Hills police at 4:30 a.m. PST.

Trump received the star in 2007 for his work on the reality show “The Apprentice.” Protestors have used the star to send a political message since Trump announced his candidacy in 2016.  A Los Angeles street artist constructed a tiny wall that surrounded the star in 2016. The same year a man was arrested on suspicion of vandalizing the star with a sledgehammer and a pickaxe. He would later plead no contest to one felony of vandalism. The star was also covered in pro-LGBT stickers during Pride month this past June.

 

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