Thursday, May 23, 2013
Police Arrest, Release ‘MENO’ for Graffiti
Maximino Gonzales, known as “MENO,” was caught in the act early Saturday morning near the footbridge at Tudor Road near an elementary school.
Police say after nearly two years of searching they've finally nabbed the graffiti artist known as “MENO.”
The person behind the graffiti seen on structures from Girdwood to Chugiak has been identified as 20-year-old Maximino Gonzales.
Police say they caught Gonzales in the act early Saturday morning around 2:30 at the footbridge near Tudor Road and Willowcrest Elementary School.
According to police, when two officers approached Gonzales he ran into nearby woods where they found him minutes later, spray paint and stencils in hand.
“From the number of reports I've seen so far, and I think the tremendous number that have been unreported, that there probably would be thousands of dollars worth of damage when you think about all of the property owners who have had to pay for paint or repairs to make their property whole,” said Officer Scott Lofthouse.
Gonzales was cited for two misdemeanors: possession of graffiti implements and graffiti on public and private property.