It's been charging strong for 30 years -- but on Saturday, Wall Street's famous bull, the bronze monument at the intersection of Morris Street and Broadway, was damaged by a rageful attacker.
The NYPD's Denise Moroney told TheStreet that at around 12:30 p.m. a man approached the bull and ambushed it with a metal banjo, creating a gash in its right horn. Multiple witnesses confirmed to the police that they saw the man attacking the bull.
Tevon Varlack, 42, of Dallas, was taken into custody and charged with criminal mischief, criminal possession of a weapon and disorderly conduct, the NYPD said.
Varlack, according to a New York Daily News report, shouted obscenities about President Donald Trump as he damaged the bull.
"It appears that that the person was incoherently yelling and hitting the bull," Moroney told TheStreet. She said that description was the full extent of the NYPD's knowledge of the incident.
In Varlack's arraignment Sunday, Judge Althea Drysdale of Manhattan Criminal Court ordered him to stay away from the bull, according to the New York Post. He was reportedly wearing a t-shirt that read "Let Us Not Forget the Ten Commandments."
Drysdale released Varlack without bail and is due back in court on Oct. 16, the Post reported.
The charging bull was designed by Arturo Di Modica, symbolizes American capitalism and attracts flocks of tourists daily. It's been standing since Dec. 15, 1989, marking Dec. 15, 2019, as the monument's 30-year anniversary.
Regarding the repair of the bull, the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation couldn't immediately be reached for comment.