Brownsburg graffiti suspect taunts police
Brownsburg Police detectives are being taunted by a graffiti suspect leaving his mark around the city.
The suspect is primarily using blue paint to mark up dozens of private and public properties. In one case, the graffiti suspect left the words "can't catch me."
Business owner Chip Cochran just bought a building in Brownsburg that someone not only tagged with graffiti on the outside but also vandalized inside after breaking in.
"I am hoping to lease my building to businesses, but I'm hoping the tagger is caught because it makes the area look run down," Cochran said.
Eyewitness News found building after building tagged by the same suspect. Several property owners have also spent time and materials covering and re-covering graffiti. Some of the graffiti got covered up because of explicit words or drawings.
Indianapolis' notorious graffiti artist Miguel Villanueva went to jail in 2009 and a judge sentenced him to clean up and/or pay for damages after he tagged buildings, leaving behind $100,000 in damage.
In November 2009, Marion County sheriff's deputies and U.S. marshals caught Villanueva red-handed around 2:00 am in the 100 block of South Pennsylvania Avenue.
Villanueva, who became known as "Choke" (a name used to sign graffiti), got into even more trouble for skipping his guilty plea hearing. Prosecutors dropped his misdemeanors and filed ten felony charges, and were successful in getting a judge to sign a warrant for his arrest.
Investigators called Villanueva "a national nuisance" before his November 2009 arrest, saying he caused more than $100,000 in damage to private and public properties in Indianapolis.
The Brownsburg graffiti suspect is racking up damage costs as long as he or she is at large. Detectives encourage anyone with leads to anonymously call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS.
The callers tip that leads to an arrest will earn them a cash reward and the caller remains anonymous.