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Massachusetts police seek man who allegedly urinated on American flags at veterans cemetery

The man who allegedly urinated on flags such as these in the cemetery.

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A man was allegedly spotted uprooting mini American flags in the Somerville Veterans Cemetery and then pee on them Monday, police in Massachusetts said.

George Gatteny, who said that he first saw the man pull the flags of the second world WAR monument in the cemetery, later detailed the incident in a now viral Facebook post. The man, who has not yet been identified, was accompanied by a woman, whose identity is also unknown at this time.

“I saw something today that upset me!” Gatteny began the post, which was more than 30,000 comments and shares of the afternoon.

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Gatteny wrote he was a witness to the incident as he passed the cemetery during the drive of Broadway. When he saw that the man allegedly urinating on the flag, he got out of his vehicle and approached the couple.

“I quickly stopped, got out of my car and walked up to them. The girl stood at the gate (she must be the lookout). I started to scream that they should stop, to ask him as I approached “what the hell he was doing’. He stopped at the pee, pulled his pants and began to walk out of the monument. Both of them walked down Broadway, smile,” he wrote.

Then, after he “ran behind them for a while against anyone who I am only what they have done,” Gatteny he wrote back to the memorial to “see what the damage has been done.”

The flags seem to drown in the urine in a photo Gatteny shared.

Outraged, he felt that he “needed to do more.”

“I went back in my car and drove to Broadway (in the direction of Tele Sq) to see if I could find out. I wanted to take pictures of them,” he wrote. Gatteny then located the pair and took a few photos of them.

Gatteny said he later went to the Somerville Police Department, give the authorities there of his explanation and the photos.

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In a statement to The Boston Globe, the Somerville Police Deputy Chief James Stanford, said the police is “aware of the Facebook posting and have an investigation into the matter.”

“This is an active and ongoing investigation and no further information is available at this time,” he added.

“They were not worried about the consequences. They are going to be worried about now, because a lot of people are angry,” Gatteny told Boston 25 News.

Stanford was not immediately available for comment when contacted by Fox News Wednesday.

Madeline Farber is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter @MaddieFarberUDK.

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