In what could be dubbed an act of criminal irony, a statue of Christopher Columbus in downtown Detroit, Mich., has been vandalized just in time for this year’s Columbus Day.
The statue, located next to city hall, has been splashed with fake blood and a hatchet has been taped to his forehead as if it had just been struck.
It was not clear when the statue was vandalized. Detroit police were still looking into the incident when contacted at around 2:30 p.m.
The statue was dedicated in 1910 to honor Detroit’s Italians, but was restored and relocated in 1988, according to the statue’s plaques.
The plaque also reads that Columbus is a “great son of Italy” who “discovered America.”