A vandal knocked down a statue of Jean-Jacques Dessalines at La Place de Notre-Dame du Cap-Haitien Thursday, smashing the historic monument.
Multiple residents said the suspect, Lucien Calixte, suffers from a mental illness. When officials interrogated him, the 40-year-old struggled to answer or give a motive.
Other historic sites and monuments have been vandalized in the Northern Department of late. The Catholic Church of Milot, which served as the Royal Chapel during King Henry Christophe’s reign, was set on fire last April.