Graffiti suspect caught red-handed
SIERRA VISTA — A man in custody on a criminal damage charge was also charged in connection with various instances of graffiti, after he was captured on surveillance footage and later found to have matching paint on his hands.
Christopher Richardson, 36, was charged with attempted burglary and five counts of criminal damage after police said he attempted to gain entry to the UPS store on Fry Boulevard after it was closed, and then sprayed graffiti on a number of businesses in the same shopping area.
On Jan. 4, after reviewing surveillance footage from the night before at the UPS Store and later at the Suburban Extended Stay Hotel on Wilcox Drive, police recognized Richardson as the subject in the video attempting to enter the store and causing the graffiti, according to a probable cause statement submitted with his arrest.
In an interview with police after being taken into custody, Richardson admitted that he did “paint red” at different locations that previous night. The interviewer also noticed what looked like red paint on his hands.
A total of 31 different instances of graffiti were found in the area, all of which used the same deep red color and similar “painting strokes,” leading police to believe they were all related.
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