Thursday, April 15, 2010
In Los Angeles, on Wednesday, April 14, 2010 Midzt gets arrested for being a "serial taggger of cats." Sources tell us that the police have gotten the wrong person.
Here is the news story from CBS news.
You might have seen the "cat" tags all over downtown Los Angeles.
They're on buildings and on freeways.
They're the faces of cats.
They might seem cute but they cost taxpayers a lot of money.
Wearing cuffs, Andy Rios says deputies have the wrong guy - so he won't take credit for these "cats."
"That's not me painting them," Rios told CBS 2/KCAL 9 reporter Rita Garcia Wednesday.
Tagged all over buildings and freeways recently, it's already cost taxpayers more than $15,000 to clean up.
Only CBS 2/KCAL 9's camera was there as the 29-year-old was arrested at work.
He's a part time graphic artist for a skate shop and denies ever using city property as a canvas.
But according to deputies after a search warrant, evidence paints a different picture
"He left items in his apartment that were...identical to what he's done in the community and the unlawful vandalism," said Lt. Erik Rubel with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
The alleged tagger's signature mark - a cat print, was found in the window.
"What he has done is the symbols, the cats and faces, so it took a little bit to identify who he was," Rubel said.
Deputies tracked him down through the nickname "midtz" and turns out he was evicted from his apartment months prior to deputies serving their warrants.
But with the help of tipsters, detectives arrested Rios.
Rios continues to maintain his innocence.
"The restitution is the key because that's reimbursing taxpayers for all the damage he's done and that should be foremost in any sediment with him and convictions he might face in the future," Rubel said.
Andy Rios faces several counts of felony vandalism.
While he didn't reveal the meaning behind his art if in fact it's his, investigators believe he did it to gain notoriety and he chooses his locations based on the high volume of traffic and visibility.
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