September 19, 2013 at 10:12 AM
2 men arrested in spray-painting spree; Jimi Hendrix statue defaced
Two intoxicated men were arrested last night after they went on a spray-painting spree, defacing several objects, including the Jimi Hendrix statue on Capitol Hill, Seattle police said.
Police say two men, ages 20 and 21, purchased spray paint from a Capitol Hill store around 8 p.m. and then walked outside and began tagging different objects. The two tagged construction equipment as well as a building, city utility box and signs.
Police say the two then took a Metro bus to downtown Seattle. Officers learned later that the men spray-painted the bus they were on as they got off near Eighth Avenue and Olive Way. The driver was able to photograph the men defacing the bus and reported it, police said.
After leaving the bus, the men continued to paint multiple buildings as they walked toward downtown.
King County Metro Transit police eventually detained the two men at Third Avenue and Pine Street. Several witnesses positively identified them and one suspect had cans of spray paint in his pocket and backpack, according to police.
They also had paint on their hands and clothes, police said.
The men were later booked into the King County Jail for investigation of property damage.
The incident happened exactly 43 years from the date of Hendrix’s death, Sept. 18, 1970.
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