Police: Gas Works graffiti was birthday party gone bad

by: KIRO 7 STAFF Updated:


The vandalism spree that caused more than $8,000 damage to Gas Works Park said the spray painting happened after his 19th birthday party “got out of hand,” police said.

Seattle police graffiti detective Chris Young received a tip that a large group that was spotted fleeing from the park early Monday had gathered there to celebrate the 19-year-old man’s birthday.

Det. Young contacted the man on Thursday at his home near Gas Works and arrested him, a department spokesman said.

“The man, who has a history of vandalism, admitted he had tagged walls at Gas Works and will now be booked into the King County Jail for investigation of malicious mischief,” department spokesman Jonah Spangenthal-Lee said in a statement. “Detectives continue to work to identify other suspects in the case.”

Anyone with information is asked to call (206) 684-5534.

Police said the group left beer cans on tables and graffiti on most of the park’s walls. When police arrived around 10:00 p.m. Monday the group had already dispersed. 

Police said there was surveillance video they’d look at to see if they could catch the people responsible.

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