NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities say a Fourth of July protester who caused an evacuation of thousands of people by climbing the base of the Statue of Liberty will face a judge in New York.
The National Park Service said on Thursday that more than 4,000 visitors were evacuated as a precaution.
A federal official says the woman told police she was protesting the separation of immigrant children from parents who cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally.
The official identifies the woman as Therese Okoumou. The official wasn’t authorized to discuss it and spoke on the condition of anonymity. A message left at a possible phone number for the defendant hasn’t been returned.
She was expected in court sometime Thursday.
Associated Press Writer Michael Balsamo in Los Angeles contributed to this report.