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Broken bat: Ken Griffey Junior statue vandalized outside Safeco Field

The Seattle Mariners confirmed someone broke off the bat from Ken Griffey Junior's statue outside Safeco Field on Tuesday. (Photo: KOMO News)

SEATTLE - A suspect is in custody after breaking off the bat from Ken Griffey Junior's statue outside Safeco Field Tuesday, according to Seattle Police.

Police said they received a call around 5 p.m. of someone tampering with the statue.

The Seattle Mariners then confirmed someone vandalized the bronze statue late Tuesday afternoon.

When officers arrived, they found the suspect nearby. They said he was taken into custody without incident.

"I just saw the police taking a guy away in handcuffs," said Matt Arnold, who was headed to SODO with a group of friends at the time of the arrest.

Kurt Wood saw more strange details as they drove by.

“We saw the cops out there and the cop had the bat in his hand and he put it in the back of the cop car,” Wood said.

The broken bat piece was recovered near the statue and has since been returned to Safeco Field security officials.

The statue, which features Griffey's legendary swing, was just unveiled in April as a tribute to the first Mariner in the MLB Hall of Fame.

The Mariners said they're already in contact with the sculptor about getting the statue repaired.

The suspect was booked into the King County Jail for investigation of malicious mischief, which is a felony. Police are still investigating.

“He looked kind of out of it,” Arnold said. “He was definitely stumbling."


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