A person has been arrested and charged with felony vandalism for allegedly pulling the face masks off a Joe Montana statue exterior Levi’s Stadium on Monday.
Santa Clara police introduced in an announcement Wednesday that Jorge Alberto Lopez allegedly vandalized the statue, which is a part of a two-statue show that memorializes “The Catch” — when Montana threw a landing to a leaping Dwight Clark within the NFC Championship Sport on Jan. 10, 1982. The 350-pound statues of Montana and Clark are precisely 23 yards aside, the identical distance as Montana’s throw to Clark within the San Francisco 49ers’ victory in opposition to the Dallas Cowboys.
After the Seattle Seahawks defeated the 49ers 27-24 in additional time Monday night time, a safety guard witnessed the 37-year-old Lopez seize onto the face masks and pull it off the statue, police mentioned. Stadium personnel detained Lopez till he was arrested by Santa Clara police at 9:50 p.m. native time, in response to an arrest log.
The 49ers’ director of company communications, Roger Hacker, instructed the San Francisco Chronicle that restore work has already begun on the Montana statue and is predicted to be accomplished earlier than Sunday’s residence sport in opposition to the Arizona Cardinals.