COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) - According to authorities with the S.C. Department of Public safety, two people were arrested at the Statehouse around 6:15 a.m. on Saturday after a woman climbed a flag pole and removed the Confederate flag.
Authorities state that officers monitoring the flag notified a BPS officer on routine patrol that a woman was climbing the flag pole on the north side of the Statehouse. Officials say the officer went to the flag pole and asked the woman, who was dressed in climbing gear, to climb down from the flag pole.
The woman refused to come down until she removed the flag, authorities say. The BPS officer arrested her and another man who was inside the wrought iron fence assisting her.
According to SCDPS, the woman has been identified Brittany Ann Byarim Newsome, 30, from Raleigh, NC. The man is identified as James Ian TYson, 30, of Charlotte, N.C.
Both subjects have been arrested and charged with defacing a monument, authorities say. They have been taken to the Alvin S. Glen Detention Center in Columbia.
The flag was replaced within an hour. No further damage was done, according to a report.