Graffiti artists caught red-handed
Aspen, CO Colorado
ASPEN ” Aspen police arrested two graffiti artists red-handed on Saturday, literally.
Two Australians who were celebrating a 21st birthday were allegedly marking up the bathroom at Eric’s Bar early Saturday morning.
“The bouncers at Eric’s saw one guy acting as though he was a lookout,” said Sgt. Bill Linn. “When he saw that the doormen were paying attention to him, he yelled something and they took off running. The bouncers took chase and called the police while they watched the men celebrating their successful tagging.”
Police were nearby and bouncers were able to point out the men, who allegedly still had red on their hands from marking up the bathrooms.
Police found similar tags they believe the pair might have made in other parts of Aspen as well.
Nicholas Glenie, 21, had just turned 21 on Jan. 11. He posted bond and was released from jail Saturday. Brent Barr, 19, was unable to post bond because of his immigration status and still is being held at the Pitkin County jail.
Barr and Glenie both were charged with felony criminal mischief, causing damage of more than $1,000.
Barr was also charged as a minor in possession of alcohol.
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