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A video reveals the 2 males vandalizing Da Crusher statue in South Milwaukee.
South Milwaukee Police Division, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

An 18-year-old South Milwaukee man has been charged with vandalizing Da Crusher statue.

James C. Dudgeon was charged with felony injury to property. A 21-year-old man has additionally been recognized however has not been arrested. 

The statue, which honors South Milwaukee wrestling legend Reggie Lisowski, has stood tall over his hometown since June. Two months after the bronze attraction was unveiled throughout a joyous ceremony, it was vandalized.

The household of Lisowski seen the injury Aug. 29 and reported it to the South Milwaukee Police Division.

Police found through surveillance video that two males approached the statue Aug. 24 and repeatedly struck it with a concrete block. They induced $1,200 in injury, police mentioned.  

The surveillance video was “instrumental in figuring out the timeframe for the injury and serving to police establish the folks accountable,” police wrote in a information launch.

The injury was repaired over the weekend by Beth Sahagian, the South Milwaukee native who constructed the statue.

The statue was unveiled throughout a two-day festival called Crusherfest in June. It weighs greater than 600 kilos.

The statue was the brainchild of space wrestling fan Chris Smith, an legal professional for South Milwaukee. He launched a GoFundMe marketing campaign in 2017 and raised $40,000

Smith mentioned he needed “to thank the South Milwaukee Police Division for his or her exhausting work in bringing these turkeynecks to justice. Da Crusher Basis will aggressively pursue felony expenses in opposition to any one who makes an attempt to break or deface the statue. The statue, like the person himself, will stand sturdy.”

Lisowski wrestled for about 40 years, starting in 1949. He earned many championships throughout his run. 

He died in 2005.

Dudgeon made his preliminary courtroom look Saturday and pleaded not responsible. The courtroom set a $200 signature bond. He’s being held in the Milwaukee County Jail.

Comply with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel‘s Christopher Kuhagen on Twitter @ckuhagen.

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