Cops arrested man who bashed the Charging bull
By Wenyun Felicia Guo September 7th, 2019
A bull-headed Texas man brought his version of the rodeo to the Financial District on Saturday.
Tevon Varlack of Dallas went wild on Broadway’s famous Charging Bull statue, bashing the bronze beast so hard he damaged one of its horns.
“F--k Donald Trump,” Varlack, 42, screeched over and over during the beatdown, said a homeless man who saw the scene unfold on Broadway near Morris St. around 12:30 p.m.
Varlack used a metal object of some sort to beat the bull’s horn — one witness said it looked like a silver guitar.
Stunned witnesses called 911 as Varlack — clad in blue hat, white shirt and black pants — “whacked the bull upside the head," one police source said. The attack left a gaping hole in the bull’s right horn.
Officers quickly corralled the suspect.
“Why attack the bull?” wondered the homeless witness, who did not want to reveal his name.
The 3½-ton bull — a symbol of stock-market optimism — was created by Italian sculptor Arturo Di Modica in 1989.
The artist, now in his late 70s, offered the work free of charge as his “gift” to America. He’s been known to go after people who mess with his creation.
In 2017, Di Modica vowed to seek revenge on a female sculptor named Kristen Visbal, who was commissioned to create a bronze statue of a young girl staring down the bull — famously dubbed the “Fearless Girl.” The piece was supposed to send a message about workplace gender diversity and spark conversation about having more women in positions of power.
Many people, including activists and feminists, viewed the bull as a symbol of the male dominance in Wall Street — a claim Di Modica has repeatedly blasted.
“I am not against women,” the artist told reporters in 2017.
It was ultimately unclear why Varlack chose to target the “Charging Bull” on Saturday. Di Modica and his lawyers could not be reached for comment.
Varlack was arrested without incident when police arrived at the site on Broadway near Morris Street. He was charged with criminal mischief, disorderly conduct and criminal possession of a weapon, police said.
As of Saturday night, he was awaiting arraignment at Manhattan Criminal Court.