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Vandal turns himself in after taking a pickax to President Trump's Walk of Fame star in Hollywood
President Donald Trump's Walk of Fame star was vandalized Wednesday morning in Hollywood by someone with a pickax. (Robyn Beck/Getty Images)

Vandal turns himself in after taking a pickax to President Trump's Walk of Fame star in Hollywood

The person suspected of vandalizing President Donald Trump's Hollywood Walk of Fame star with a pickax early Wednesday morning has surrendered himself to police, KABC-TV reported.

Police responded to the call at about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, where witnesses said they saw a man pull a pickax from what appeared to be a guitar case before he began smashing the star to bits.

The suspect allegedly called the police to report the crime before he turned himself into the Beverly Hills Police Department about 4:30 p.m., Los Angeles police told KNBC-TV.

Trump received his star in January 2007 for his role in the NBC show "The Apprentice."

What did the witness say?

David Palmer, who witnessed the destruction, said he's used to seeing strange things happen on Hollywood Boulevard, but this time he was surprised.

"I'm like, 'Why are you hittin' the star?' Like, you know, like man, 'What did Donald Trump do to you?'" Palmer told KABC. "He just came and started hittn' it. Then he went around the corner and I think he left."

Palmer said he saw the man leave after beating the star with the pickax.

"I was like, that's not right, that's not cool," he added.

The suspect left the pickax at the scene.

Has this happened before?

Earlier this month, comedian George Lopez shared a video of himself allegedly pretending to urinate on Trump's star, according to TMZ.

In 2016, someone spraypainted a swastika and a mute icon on the star, according to KABC. Later that year, a street artist built a miniature wall around the star.

Also, in 2016, James Otis dressed up as a construction worker and took a sledgehammer to the star. He pleaded no contest to charges in February 2017. He received three years probation, 20 days of community service and paid $4,400 in damages.

What else?

It's not immediately clear when the star will be replaced, but workers were on site cleaning up the mess early Wednesday morning.

Visitors and passers-by stopped to snap photos of the smashed star and one person left an exercise bar on top of the star's remains.

A committee selects its star recipients from hundreds of applications each year. Once selected, the stars are purchased for $30,000, rather than gifted.

The Walk of Fame is administered by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.

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