The office of District Attorney George Gascón announced Monday it would be charging Andrew Yarbrough, a prolific tagger apprehended by Mission District police officers last week, with ten felony counts of vandalism as well as 19 misdemeanor counts of vandalism.
Yarbrough, whose is allegedly the vandal behind the tag “Cryst,” has spray painted his work throughout the city—on MUNI shelters, businesses, city buildings and in Dolores Park, where the 18-year-old was caught by police Thursday.
“We are thankful for District Attorney Gascon, and Police Chief Suhr and their teams’ dedication and hard work in holding vandals accountable for damaging our parks,” said Phil Ginsburg, SF Rec and Park General Manager in a statement Monday. “Our parks are sacred public space for all to enjoy, San Franciscans deserve the rights to safe and clean parks.”
SF Rec and Park is, of course, in the midst of long-delayed $20 million dollar improvement project in Dolores Park. Last month, vandals having a joy ride and BBQ set the project back by $100,000 in damages.
We’ll update this post with more information as warranted. In the meantime, KTVU has an interview with Yarbrough following his arrest last week. In it, Yarbrough reveals the origins of his alleged tag “Cryst.” (Via SFist)