Big Blue Bug vandalism suspect surrenders, investigation continues

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The man whom Providence police identified as a suspect in the vandalism of the Big Blue Bug is in custody.

Providence Police Maj. David Lapatin said 25-year-old Nathan Beaumier – with a lawyer by his side – turned himself into police Tuesday morning. He was scheduled to be arraigned in Providence District Court Tuesday afternoon.

Beaumier is accused of spraying graffiti on Nibbles Woodaway, the large termite mascot of Big Blue Bug Solutions that overlooks I-95. The pest control business discovered the vandalism the morning of June 5. Crews repainted the Providence landmark late last week.

“We contacted the family and suggested he turn himself in,” Lapatin said. “Look, it’s not a major felony, but it’s something we wanted to get cleared up because it’s something that everybody sees traveling on the highway every day – thousands of people – and it’s vandalism. It’s destroying other people’s property and it’s something we wanted to take care of as soon as we could.”

Providence police said they were investigating additional suspects.

“The investigation is still open and we still have interest in other people,” Lapatin said.