A witness saw the men kicking and breaking off part of the statue of Young, seated on a bench in the Mormon Pioneer Memorial Monument park at 140 E. First Ave., about 3:45 p.m., said Salt Lake Police Lt. Melody Gray.
Another bystander, Chris DeSantis, 58, was leaving his apartment minutes later to walk to the LDS Conference Center when he saw one of the men hold something out to a woman passing by.
"He said, 'Hey, you want a bronze copy of the Book of Mormon?' " DeSantis said. "At that point, I realized what he had in his hands."