Here’s the latest in Asheville’s war on graffiti: police recently made two arrests, while someone tagged a beautiful mural on the side of Hunter Banks on Montford Avenue.
On April 15th, 2014 at approximately 1:22 AM, an APD officer located two subjects inside a vehicle behind the building at 81 North Lexington Avenue. Adjacent to the vehicle were several large and freshly painted tags on the rear of Forever Tattoo. The officer noted matching paint on the hands of both subjects as well as the overwhelming odor of paint inside their car. The property was posted with No Trespassing signs, and the two were arrested. An inventory of the vehicle revealed a number of spray paint cans matching the colors of the fresh tags as well as a book containing images of the same tags. Colin Michael Martin (bottom photo), 20, of Berkeley, California, and Mark William Vonalmen (top photo), 21, of Metairie, Louisiana were charged with the trespassing violation and damage to real property.
Attached are the tags that were observed on the rear of the building at 98 North Lexington Avenue. The Asheville Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating any additional new or recent tags like these that can be attached to these suspects.
In addition to increased police patrols, City staff members across the organization have been working with business owners and community leaders to address the graffiti problem. Efforts are aimed at both immediate and mid-to-long term solutions.
The first and most important action to take when observing someone “tagging” or damaging property is to report it immediately. The Asheville Police Department number is 828-252-1110. Buncombe County Crime Stoppers is 828-255-5050.
And here’s a photo of the graffiti on the wonderful Hunter Banks mural. Ugh.