Flag-Draped, Armed Vandal Scorches Ind. War Memorial

Wednesday, 23 Nov 2011 10:44 AM

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An armed man wearing only an American flag drove his SUV up the steps of the Indiana War Memorial in downtown Indianapolis and started a fire on Tuesday afternoon.

The man, identified as Daniel Whitaker, 49, poured gasoline down the steps and set it afire.

Whitaker, who wielded a blue staff, donned “a metal helmet with a plume” and erected a cross at one point, reported WISHTV.com.

Arresting officers found a handgun on Whitaker. He reportedly told officers that he was with the “Texas army” and that he “wanted things to go back to the way they used to be . . . 50 years ago.”

Whitaker, who was taken to a psychiatric facility, faces felony charges.

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