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Dallas Man Arrested After Damaging New York's Charging Bull Statue

NEW YORK (CBSDFW.COM/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 say the 42-year-old Varlack hit the bull with a metal object that looked like a banjo, leaving the statue with a hole in its right horn.

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At this time, it is unclear why Varlack damaged the statue.

The 7,100-pound 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.

Varlack has since been released without bail and the cost to repair the iconic sculpture has not been determined.

(© Copyright 2019 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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