Monday, July 5, 2010

Alleged Cat Tagger Charged


Here is the news story from Fox 11 news:

An Alhambra man who allegedly caused $15,000 in tagging damage by painting cat faces along freeways in the downtown Los Angeles area was charged today with six felony vandalism counts.

(Name removed), 33, pleaded not guilty at his late-afternoon arraignment at the downtown Los Angeles courthouse.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Ray G. Jurado ordered (Name removed) to remain jailed on $50,000 bail, despite a defense request that he be released on his own recognizance.

(Name removed) was arrested about 7 a.m. Wednesday at his home and booked for felony vandalism, said sheriff's Lt. Erik Ruble of the Transit Services Bureau, which polices Metro buses and trains.

The criminal complaint alleges that (Name removed) tagged a freeway sign and bridge in Monterey Park, the side of a bridge overpass on the Santa Monica (10) Freeway, freeway underpasses on the Hollywood (101) and Harbor (110) freeways and a freeway support structure on the 101 Freeway.

The California Department of Transportation and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority are listed as victims in the criminal complaint.

(Name removed) is scheduled to make his next court appearance July 12.

If convicted, he faces a possible maximum state prison term of six years and four months, along with suspension of his California driver's license, according to the District Attorney's Office.


13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow - $50,000 bond for this???? A denial to release him on personal recognizance????
Tragic, brutal!!!

I hope that he's found innocent...6 year and 4 month max. sentence is absurd!!! Plus licenses suspension?!?!?!?!

Anonymous said...

I feel so bad for him. I hope his sentence gets reduced.

Anonymous said...

the system is sooo fucked up...
6 years for spray painting??!
fuckin stupidd...

Anonymous said...

violent crimes get less time. BS!!!

Anonymous said...

Did you see that his computer, all of his art supplies, and even published books on graff
were part of his property they comfiscated?!?!?!?
Since when does owning books on graff become part of an investigation???

Anonymous said...

SO WHATS GANNA HAPPEN TO MIDZT????

Anonymous said...

Andy Rios's work is part of the Rendition 2 show at the Hold Up Art gallery right now, so who knows?
I wish the best to Atlas and hope he can get out of jail soon!!!

Anonymous said...

i say everyone attacks the freeways with cats overnight.

Anonymous said...

I second that overnight mish!!... If it doesn't interfere with this new case.. First spot in mind close to the high way patrol by ELA

Anonymous said...

Stupids cops.....

Anonymous said...

FREE ATLAS!

Anonymous said...

there's people out there who get charges of attempted murder and only do like 2 or 3 years. i dont think someone almost died because of these cats.

Anonymous said...

glad that he pleaded not guilty. no writer deserves to go to jail, especially for that long.

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