Attack leaves Charging Bull statue with a hole in its horn

NEW YORK (AP) — Police say a Texas man bashed New York's Charging Bull statue with a metal object and damaged one of its horns.

Tevon Varlack, of Dallas, was arrested Saturday on charges of criminal mischief, disorderly conduct and criminal possession of a weapon for allegedly attacking the bronze beast.

Police says the 42-year-old Varlack hit the bull with a metal object that looked like a banjo. The attack left the statue with a hole in its right horn.

It's not clear whether Varlack has an attorney to speak for him.

The 7,100-pound (3,200-kilogram) bull was created by Italian-born artist Arturo Di Modica in 1989 and installed in lower Manhattan as a work of guerrilla art.

Di Modica says the sculpture was his gift to America. It quickly became a popular attraction.

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People gather around the popular lower Manhattan sculpture "Charging Bull," with a damaged right horn, Sunday, Sept. 12, 2019, in New York. A man was arrested Saturday afternoon for damaging the iconic Wall Street Charging Bull statue with an object resembling a banjo, local media reported. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
A visitor at the popular lower Manhattan sculpture "Charging Bull" poses for a photo next to the sculpture's damaged horn Sunday, Sept. 12, 2019, in New York. A man was arrested Saturday afternoon for damaging the iconic Wall Street Charging Bull statue with an object resembling a banjo, local media reported. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
People gather around the popular lower Manhattan sculpture "Charging Bull," with a damaged right horn, Sunday, Sept. 12, 2019, in New York. A man was arrested Saturday afternoon for damaging the iconic Wall Street Charging Bull statue with an object resembling a banjo, local media reported. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
People gather around the popular lower Manhattan sculpture "Charging Bull," with a damaged right horn, Sunday, Sept. 12, 2019, in New York. A man was arrested Saturday afternoon for damaging the iconic Wall Street Charging Bull statue with an object resembling a banjo, local media reported. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
People gather around the popular lower Manhattan sculpture "Charging Bull," with a damaged right horn, Sunday, Sept. 12, 2019, in New York. A man was arrested Saturday afternoon for damaging the iconic Wall Street Charging Bull statue with an object resembling a banjo, local media reported. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
A visitor at the popular lower Manhattan sculpture "Charging Bull" poses for a photo next to the sculpture's damaged horn Sunday, Sept. 12, 2019, in New York. A man was arrested Saturday afternoon for damaging the iconic Wall Street Charging Bull statue with an object resembling a banjo, local media reported. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
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