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Posted on Fri, Dec 28, 2012 : 9:34 a.m.

Ann Arbor police arrest man painting graffiti in Maynard Parking Structure

By Kyle Feldscher

Ann Arbor police arrested an 18-year-old man who is suspected of leaving graffiti on 12 different locations in a single downtown parking structure.


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Ann Arbor police Lt. Renee Bush said officers were sent to the Maynard Parking Structure, 324 Maynard St., at 12:52 a.m. Friday after receiving a vandalism complaint. When they arrived, officers found the 18-year-old Ann Arbor man still in the area and placed him under arrest.

Bush said two Republic Parking employees saw the man painting graffiti in the parking structure. It’s believed the same man is responsible for graffiti in 12 different locations throughout the parking garage.

It’s unknown at this point how much it will cost to clean up the vandalism, Bush said.

Anyone with information on this incident is encouraged to call the Ann Arbor police anonymous tip line at 734-794-6939 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK UP (773-2587).

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Thu, Feb 21, 2013 : 11:55 p.m.

What does he write?

Julius Zsako

Sun, Dec 30, 2012 : 4:47 p.m.

Imagine the value system somebody has that makes it OK to vandalize a property. These graffiti vandals inflict billions of dollars in damages each year according to , and we pick-up the tab. Graffiti won't stop until we address the value issue. Values guide behavior. If you mistakenly think that placing your tag all over town is OK, that it is some form of harmless self-expression, you may become capable of graffiti writing.

jon doe

Sat, Jan 19, 2013 : 7:48 a.m.

This makes sense now. All major businesses with their ugly billboards and their advertising teams have terrible values. no wonder I always find myself hating them so much.


Sat, Dec 29, 2012 : 6:01 a.m.

big deal just make him pay for it! why is this news?

jon doe

Sat, Jan 19, 2013 : 7:44 a.m.

THANK YOU. that or just clean it up himself


Fri, Dec 28, 2012 : 11:44 p.m.

Now that this tagger has been caught perhaps management of RPS would take the issue of getting its customers out in timely fashion seriously. Managers of RPS gets my vote as the most morally corrupt management in Washtenaw Co.


Sun, Dec 30, 2012 : 5:29 a.m.

When there is a rush look at how many booths are open.


Fri, Dec 28, 2012 : 11:28 p.m.

PUT THIS KID TO CLEANING....his mess. I have a house and fence that needs painting.


Fri, Dec 28, 2012 : 10:04 p.m.

There is graffiti on the concrete retaining wall at the Krause street parking lot. I thought there was a limited time that the owner (UM) had to clean it up. Is UM an exception? Krause runs north off of 3rd near the Y; the retaining wall is on the Liberty end of the lot.

jon doe

Sat, Jan 19, 2013 : 7:42 a.m.

oh, because concrete retaining walls are so beautiful otherwise. How are you so arrogant that you are able to see yourself as the single authority on art and its definition?


Fri, Dec 28, 2012 : 10:36 p.m.

UM removes graffiti when the graffiti is reported. 647-2059 is the call center number which is staffed 24/7/365. Graffiti is a serious issue, it is not art and it costs property owners in our area hundreds of thousands of dollars annually


Fri, Dec 28, 2012 : 9:47 p.m.

I see one of his co-vandals has christened the new Stadium bridge with some of his illegible scrawl.

David Cahill

Fri, Dec 28, 2012 : 9:16 p.m.

I'm really glad this guy was caught! Such quality-of-life crimes can quickly degrade an entire area.


Fri, Dec 28, 2012 : 7:22 p.m.

Just put em in a stockade at Liberty Park for a hour a day for a week.


Fri, Dec 28, 2012 : 7:04 p.m.

I hope they got one of the really crappy taggers we have around here...SCEA, or


Fri, Dec 28, 2012 : 9:43 p.m.

Someone did (macrame ) and used to hang it on the old stadium bridge...looked like crap...


Fri, Dec 28, 2012 : 9 p.m.

SCEA is the worst crap I have ever seen. They should try macramé.

ms 2013

Fri, Dec 28, 2012 : 6:46 p.m.

that kid need something to do


Fri, Dec 28, 2012 : 11 p.m.

6 months of cleaning up graffiti would fill that void.

Homeland Conspiracy

Fri, Dec 28, 2012 : 9:21 p.m.

Looks to me that he has found something to do.


Fri, Dec 28, 2012 : 6:34 p.m.

Cane him I say!:) We could always cane him (e.g. Michael Fay) like the Thai government does for similar crimes.......:)


Fri, Dec 28, 2012 : 5:23 p.m.

quetzalcoatl - Many people should suffer for their so called art. Inflicting it on others can only be called torture.

Julius Zsako

Sun, Dec 30, 2012 : 4:48 p.m.

Good point, Greg.


Fri, Dec 28, 2012 : 5:20 p.m.

Wait, I'm sure we don't want to actually hold him responsible. He's just a misunderstood artist... Make him clean up every bit of his mess. Perhaps he will think at least once before doing it again.

John S. Armbruster

Fri, Dec 28, 2012 : 5:07 p.m.

Give the little vandal and $5,000 fine in addition to the cost of cleaning off his paint job and 6 months in jail.

jon doe

Sat, Jan 19, 2013 : 7:31 a.m.

why 6 months in jail? jail time for a crime such as this really just does not make any sense to me. he didn't endanger any lives


Fri, Dec 28, 2012 : 4:31 p.m.

officers were sent to the Maynard Parking Structure, 324 Maynard St., at 12:52 a.m. Friday after receiving a vandalism complaint. When they arrived, officers found the 18-year-old Ann Arbor man still in the area and placed him under arrest. WHERE do you get the idea that this was a "priority"? Were they suppose to ignore the complaint? Think about it!

Julius Zsako

Sun, Dec 30, 2012 : 4:51 p.m.

Broken windows theory - visible signs of neglect make you more likely to be the victim of crime. Attended, well maintained areas send a message that people are watching, that they care.


Fri, Dec 28, 2012 : 4:32 p.m.

This was suppose to be a reply to Jim.

Linda Peck

Fri, Dec 28, 2012 : 4:26 p.m.

It does seem like a clean-up of his graffiti for the "punishment" would be a good idea.


Sat, Dec 29, 2012 : 6:06 a.m.

if you make them clean it up themselves then maybe they wouldn't see the point of doing i again?? instead charging them. real what someone took crap instead?


Sat, Dec 29, 2012 : 6:04 a.m.

yes its that simple


Fri, Dec 28, 2012 : 9:40 p.m.

Ypsi has it right clean then cane...

Ypsi Russell

Fri, Dec 28, 2012 : 4:36 p.m.

There is no graffiti in Singapore -- maybe we should try their prevention policy ;)


Fri, Dec 28, 2012 : 3:40 p.m.

Make this person clean up their mess please and all his fellow painters.


Fri, Dec 28, 2012 : 3:28 p.m.

The suspect is an 18-year old man? More like a "man-child". Grow up already. Instead of subjecting the rest of us to your visual pollution, draw your mommy a pretty picture so she can hang it up on the refrigerator, you nimrod! When they catch one of these graffiti "artists" they should make them go around the county removing every piece of graffiti that is out there!


Fri, Dec 28, 2012 : 11:35 p.m.

Colloquially, Piledriver is correct :-D


Fri, Dec 28, 2012 : 5:23 p.m.

Technically , Jeanette is correct


Fri, Dec 28, 2012 : 5:10 p.m.

Let me rephrase. The word "nimrod" also means a simple, slow-witted person.


Fri, Dec 28, 2012 : 4:04 p.m.

A "nimrod" is a hunter.


Fri, Dec 28, 2012 : 3:28 p.m.

"Jim", I don't get the point of your comment. Its almost as you are suggesting that this person should not have been arrested, or it was a waste of police resources. This is a situation where a person saw the person committing this act, calling the police, and the police responded. All VERY APPROPRIATE. You seem to imply that AAPD was involved in weeks of undercover work and secret stakeouts. I would fully expect the employee to report the crime in progress, full expect AAPD to respond, and fully expect for him to be arrested and prosecuted. Hopefully the court system will take this seriously, and send a message to this young man (and others as well) that this destruction will not be tolerated, and divert him to a more productive use of his time.


Fri, Dec 28, 2012 : 3:27 p.m.

Many people suffer for their art


Fri, Dec 28, 2012 : 10:51 p.m.

tdw we'd have to see his work before we called it art. You can paint a million pictures, but that doesn't make you an artist


Fri, Dec 28, 2012 : 9:39 p.m.

I think he should cut off an ear....


Fri, Dec 28, 2012 : 5:01 p.m.

Wow quetzalcotal....a little too early for sarcasm I guess


Fri, Dec 28, 2012 : 3:16 p.m.

The judge should sentence him to the ultimate horror for losers like this: grow and get a job.


Sat, Dec 29, 2012 : 6:03 a.m.

this those not make him a loser , he's probably in school working degree in graffiti art :)


Fri, Dec 28, 2012 : 3:11 p.m.

Good to our priorities are in order. So what if there's been an epidemic of break-ins, we got Public Enemy #1.


Sun, Dec 30, 2012 : 1:25 p.m.

You were right tdw. No response.


Fri, Dec 28, 2012 : 4:59 p.m.

jim...seeing that no one else replied to you comment I will.Ok so A-what exactly are the police supposed to do after a break in other than take a report ? B- what do you know about their handling of break in's ? C- should they just ignore a complaint about vandalism ? D-if you were/are paying taxes to Ann Arbor would/do you want graffiti all over the place ? and last but not least, how would you like to pay to have the graffiti removed or covered lest you get fined by the city ? Please answer ( I'll bet dollars to doughnuts you won't )


Fri, Dec 28, 2012 : 3:12 p.m.

Oops. Should have been "Good to see..."