Vandal Slashes, Mutilates Over One Dozen American Flags Flying Outside Homes

Maria Arif was arrested on multiple counts.

Annandale, VA – Police have arrested a woman accused of shredding multiple American flags flying outside homes in several area neighborhoods Aug. 26.

Police said that the suspect, 39-year-old Maria Arif, cut up and ripped flags at over a dozen residences in Annandale and Falls Church, WTTG reported.

Arif went from home to home on foot, then tore down the flags before she mutilated and destroyed them.

Lights and other yard decorations were also destroyed, according to the Annandale Blog.

“The victims started contacting the police after a large number of flags over the course of a few days were being vandalized in the neighborhood,” Fairfax County Police Department spokesman Trevor Steranko told WMAL. “The neighborhood had come together and pretty much identified her and when police were in the neighborhood, the community was able to point her out.”

Arif was apprehended on Aug. 26, The Washington Post reported.

Resident Cherie Sullivan said that she and her husband were camping in their yard when Arif showed up, but that they didn’t realize she had vandalized their flags until later.

“This lady came up and we were sleeping outside and having a nice time in our yard,” Sullivan told WTTG. “It makes you feel a little unsafe.”

“I don’t know what happened that would cause someone to physically cut up a flag for no reason at all,” she added. “Maybe she has something against people hopefully she doesn’t and that she gets some help and recover from whatever was happening.”

A spike in flag vandalisms has led patriotic apparel company Warrior 12 to offer an "antifa-free guarantee" on their flags; they will replace flags purchased from them if destroyed by vandals.

Arif has been charged with larceny, two counts of mutilating a U.S. flag, and two counts of destruction of property, WTTG reported.

She was booked into the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center, and has since been released on bond, according to a Fairfax County Police Department press release.

The investigation into additional vandalisms is ongoing, and more charges could be added, WTTG reported.

Police said Arif’s motive is unknown.

Comments (101)
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4thaBlue
4thaBlue

The sad thing is, she’ll only be looked at as committing a property damage type of law which she broke. But she wouldn’t dare do that during the day or in front of the flags owner. If she did, she knows damn well she’d get her ass beat. And the even sadder part of that is, if she was to get her ass beat, they’ll consider it a hate crime because the color of her skin. Anyone who has the pride to fly the American flag, would never let someone come as desecrate and disrespect the flag so in that case she’s a coward. If she doesn’t like the sight of our great nations flag, she should leave this country. Get the fuck out if you don’t like the USA. Either that or get your ass beat and keep doing what you’re doing. Simple.

Aramovich
Aramovich

More importantly, in many other places on earth she would be subject to the death penalty. How come these people cannot seem to understand what a blessing they experience simply by living in this most wonderful of nations? Unlike elsewhere, she was not beaten or tortured by the police, kept in a dungeon and accused of crimes against the country and rulers. I suggest she try the same trick in Iran or Russia if she thinks the country our flag represents is so evil.

flybynight
flybynight

Soul patrol troll alert. Do not feed.

Vodkabreakfast
Vodkabreakfast

Huh. Imagine being that unsure of yourself! The only method that can help you believe in your own opinion is to commit an act of vandalism that would embarrass your average nine year old. And this unhappy tapeworm is thirty-nine !!

Saints
Saints

Doesn't sound like she likes living in the USA send her packing!!!!

CloserFocus
CloserFocus

Well she is Pakistani, so 1 guess as to her Allegiance. And which ‘god’ she serves. We need that WALL, COMPLETED ASAP!!!! Sick of these ‘immigrants’ coming here for the red carpet treatment, to sh*t on us again & again!
GTH OUT!!!!

javaguy746
javaguy746

If America can't have a wall why can the politicians?

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

Honestly, the fact that she felt it was acceptable to damage the property of others is the real issue. The fact that it was the US flag is offensive, however, she has the right to desecrate a flag if it belongs to her (I don't agree with it, but it is a freedom of expression).

But I also agree with most of the others on here: if you don't like the flag, feel free to leave this country and go a a country that doesn't fly the US flag.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Petty vandalism. Doesn't have a whole lot to do with Blue Lives Mattering, but whatever.

Justice4us
Justice4us

Isn't she commiting a hate crime against U.S. citizens?

gfc1963
gfc1963

She can fuck off anytime she wants!

Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

I think if a person does this to OUR flag,,they should be deported,,Citizen or NOT. If they hate us this much, they may do worse things. Let them know what freedoms they have in this country by sending them to a country where they HAVE NONE>

NomonK
NomonK

While the FREEDOM OF SPEECH CLAUSE allows an individual or a group to burn or destroy a flag they have bought, it is against the law to steal or destroy a flag that belongs to someone else. Why can't multiple charges be placed against this person and each act stand on it's own and their penalty be applicable in each case.
One guilty charge of theft 20 days and $100 so 5 guilty acts equals 100 days and $500.

johnnycab23513
johnnycab23513

And did she not trespass in the commission of her crimes?

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

She's on a crime spree. She looks like she has demons in her head.

From public Fairfax County District Court Records:

  • 8/19/2019 One count destruction of property
  • 8/22/2019 Petit Larceny
  • 8/23/2019 One count of publicly burning flag
  • 8/23/2019 One count destruction of property
  • 8/26/2019 Three counts of publicly burning flag
  • 8/26/2019 Three counts destruction of property
  • 9/01/2019 Enter property w/ intent to damage
Rascal1966
Rascal1966

Apparently she doesn't like living here. Give her a one way ticket out permanently!! Stupid ass biatch!!

HonorYourHeroes
HonorYourHeroes

This is what Muslims think of us, they destroy our flags, attempt to destroy our way of life, and most of all beat my brothers and sisters for their sick sense of righteous intent.

sammysanchezocasio
sammysanchezocasio

Dare I venture a guess that she is a Muslim and that she hates the USA? Where's the mystery here??

CalamityJane
CalamityJane

I’ll buy her a bus ticket to whichever border she chooses!

Smoken59
Smoken59

Personally I think it’s high time we enact (or enforce existing) laws that have serious consequences. How bout if you’re caught on my property intentionally damaging anything, I shoot your ass, with no repercussions... seems fair to me as I wouldn’t do it to someone else ? 👍🇺🇸🙏✝️

DieselDawg
DieselDawg

What hath "liberalism" wrought?

Sharonmk
Sharonmk

Maybe she did it for Allah.

Golfer
Golfer

Deport

AppreciateU
AppreciateU

Some of these people from other countries are so disrespectful, ungrateful for everything our country has given them. They were pick out thousands wanting to come here & have the freedom to work at making a better life for themselves & their families, freedom to practice their faith without persecution, freedom to wear whatever they want or not wear, free education & some free medical care & freedom of speech. And on top of all that, We the People's taxes help give them a start with HUD, Medicare, Food stamps & Welfare until they can start paying on their own. Personally if they break the law I would ask them, "Do you want a free ticket to go back to your birthplace or homeland!! Otherwise change your attitude!!

Specwarsquid
Specwarsquid

Motive is unknown they say. Amazes me how law enforcement and main stream media are afraid to list the criminals true motives.

It's all in the name folks. Don't be scared!