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August 5, 2014 at 2:01 PM

Police seek malicious mischief charge in Gas Works Park vandalism

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Seattle Parks Department employees, including Maxwell Boland, left, clean up at Gas Works Park last Tuesday after vandals hit it the previous night.

Seattle police investigating last week’s $8,000 graffiti spree at Gas Works Park today submitted their case to the King County Prosecutor’s Office seeking criminal charges.

Detective Chris Young said he sent the results of his investigation into a 19-year-old suspect with the request that a charge of malicious mischief be filed. The man told investigators that he and others began spray-painting walls in the park on July 28 after his 19th birthday party “got out of hand.”

Dan Donohoe, spokesman for Prosecutor Dan Satterberg, said this afternoon that the case file has not yet shown up in their electronic filing system.

The suspect, who is not being named because he has not been charged, was released from jail without bail following his court appearance a short time after his arrest.

Police say the man, who has a history of vandalism, admitted he had tagged walls at Gas Works.

Young said he is continuing to work to identify other suspects.

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