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Vandalism repairs for Fallen Officer Memorial will be costly

Lacey Rose Friddle and Jessica LaPradd have been charged with defacing a Crittenden County memorial. (Photo Source: Crittenden County) Lacey Rose Friddle and Jessica LaPradd have been charged with defacing a Crittenden County memorial. (Photo Source: Crittenden County)
Suspect Lacey Rose even etched her name in the metal wall and then the word loser, spelled "looser." (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5) Suspect Lacey Rose even etched her name in the metal wall and then the word loser, spelled "looser." (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)

(WMC) - Two women appeared in Crittenden County Court on Monday, charged with defacing West Memphis' new Fallen Officer Memorial.

Robert Brandon Paudert was a West Memphis police officer shot and killed in the line of duty. His father, former West Memphis Police Chief Bob Paudert who now tours the country giving seminars in hopes of saving other officers from his son's fate, cannot believe these two women destroyed the city's new $400,000 memorial.

It happened Father's Day weekend, which makes it even harder for Paudert.

"It's despicable," said Paudert. "Father's Day weekend for me was tough. Of course, every day for me is difficult."

He says his son and the nine other officers on the memorial died for the community these women now live in.

"What's even worse than that is finding out who did it, and that they had children with them," said Paudert.

The West Memphis mayor caught Marion, Ark. residents Lacey Rose Friddle and Jessica LaPradd vandalizing the memorial, with their children throwing rocks at it Saturday.

Monday, residents say Worthington Park had more visitors than usual.

"Why? You know? Why would somebody want to do that," said Matthew Miller. "It's just hurtful."

Suspect Lacey Rose even etched her name in the metal wall and then the word loser, spelled "looser."

"God, I hope, is with those kids, because their parents are not," added Paudert.

It took the West Memphis Chamber of Commerce four years to raise the money for the memorial. They are now faced with getting quotes on the cost for repair. The initial estimate: $50,000.

Both women were transferred to felony court Monday morning and are due in Circuit Court July 25. Bond is set at $60,000 each.

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