Pair damaged Vietnam War memorial in New Mexico, police say

Police in New Mexico announced charges Friday against two suspects who allegedly damaged a Vietnam War memorial in mid-May.

Marvin Reyes, 18, and an unidentified 16-year-old male each face one count of criminal damage to property following an incident last month that caused more than $5, 000 in damage, Las Cruces police said in a news release .

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On May 16 at around 10 p. m., police said, a written report came in about young individuals “ damaging the Vietnam War Memorial at Veterans Park. ”

When authorities went to the location, they found that parts of a Huey helicopter, that is lofted over the park, had been vandalized.

The damage “ included a cracked windshield, a shattered downward vision window and a broken search light, ” the release said.

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Multiple tips light emitting diode authorities to the two suspects, “who both acknowledged their involvement, ” police said.

“ Reyes indicated they both threw rocks at the helicopter before running into an undeveloped property nearby as police arrived on scene, ” police said.