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July 31, 2014 at 2:37 PM

SPD: Gas Works Park graffiti spree resulted from ‘out of hand’ party

Police said a man arrested today in connection with Monday night’s $8,000 graffiti spree at Gas Works Park said he began spray-painting walls in the park early Monday after his 19th birthday party “got out of hand.”

Police graffiti Detective Chris Young received a tip that the large group spotted fleeing from the park early Monday morning had gathered there to celebrate the 19-year-old man’s birthday. Young tracked down the man at his home near the park, spoke with him today and took him into custody.

The man, who police say has a history of vandalism, admitted he had tagged walls at Gas Works Park and will now be booked into the King County Jail for investigation of malicious mischief.

Detectives continue to work to identify other suspects in the case.

Police were called to the Lake Union park around 10:45 p.m. Monday for a report of a large group of youths partying. When police showed up the 40 to 50 youths scattered.

They left behind trash, including alcohol bottles, and graffiti, police said.

Joelle Hammerstad, spokeswoman for Seattle Parks and Recreation, said the bulk of the damage was done to the play barn. Damage also was done to old machinery on site and picnic benches, police said.

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