Jiamei Tian, alleged green paint vandal, admitted to hospital psych ward

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WASHINGTON (AP/ABC7) - A woman charged with defacing the Washington National Cathedral with green paint and suspected of similar vandalism at the Lincoln Memorial and other sites has been admitted to a hospital psychiatric ward.

A lawyer for Jiamei Tian told a judge during a hearing Thursday that if Tian's metal condition stabilizes, she can go back to a halfway house where she has been staying.

Tian was arrested July 29 and charged with defacing property. When she was arrested at the cathedral, the paint splattered on the organ was still fresh.

The lawyer, Nancy Glass, didn't elaborate on concerns about Tian's mental health. Another status hearing in the case was set for Sept. 18.

Tian is accused of splashing green paint in two cathedral chapels. She was released to a halfway house after her arrest in late July and is wearing a monitoring bracelet on her ankle. Tian was barred from leaving the halfway house or having visitors.

Investigators are still working to determine whether or not Tian is behind three other acts of green paint vandalism, including at the Lincoln Memorial, a statue near the Smithsonian castle and a Logan Circle church.

In an appearance on NewsChannel 8 last month, D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said that the four acts of vandalism were likely related.