The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed to PEOPLE that a suspect was arrested on suspicion of felony vandalism, but did not immediately disclose the suspect’s identity. An LAPD officer later confirmed to ABC News that the suspect’s name is James Otis.
Cory Palka, commanding officer of the LAPD Hollywood Division, also confirmed the arrest on Twitter: “The suspect who vandalized the Hollywood
#WOFStar belonging to Donald Trump has been arrested. Detectives are handling.”
Deadline reported Thursday morning that Otis was in police custody and waiting to be booked at the Men’s Central jail in downtown L.A.
Otis told Deadline before his reported arrest that he had planned to hold a press conference at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the location of Trump’s star, which is already in the process of being repaired.
Deadline reported Wednesday that a man dressed as a construction worker, who identified himself as Jamie Otis, used a sledgehammer and pickaxe to destroy Trump’s star.
The Trump campaign has not officially responded to the incident.
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce’s president, Leron Gubler, told Entertainment Weekly in a statement on Wednesday that the organization will repair the star immediately.
“The Hollywood Walk of Fame is an institution celebrating the positive contributions of the inductees,” Gubler said in a statement. “When people are unhappy with one of our honorees, we would hope that they would project their anger in more positive ways than to vandalize a California State landmark. Our democracy is based on respect for the law. People can make a difference by voting and not destroying public property.”
• with Reporting by LINDSAY KIMBLE