Jimi Hendrix statue defaced in spray painting spree


SEATTLE - Two men were arrested after they were caught defacing the iconic Jimi Hendrix statue along with a number of other properties as they went on a spray painting spree from Broadway to downtown Wednesday night, Seattle police said.

 Shortly before 8 p.m., officers were called to the 1600 block of Broadway after receiving reports of two drunken men spray painting the Jimi Hendrix statue and nearby construction equipment.

 According to witnesses, the men entered Blick Art Materials and bought spray paint, walked out and then began painting the statue. 

 The two then tagged the construction equipment, as well as a building, city utility box and signs, officer said.

View photos of the vandalism here.

 The two then boarded a Metro bus and headed downtown. 

 Officers later discovered that the men also spray painted the bus they were on as they got off  at a stop in the area of Eighth Avenue and Olive Way. 

 The driver was able to photograph the men who were doing damage to the bus and called officers.

  During that time, they continued to paint multiple buildings as they walked toward downtown.

 The officers were able to view store surveillance video footage of the two buying the paint. 

 While officers were conducting the initial investigation on Broadway, they were notified that King County Metro Transit Police had stopped two possible suspects at Third Avenue and Pike Street. 

 Officers and witnesses headed to the area, where witnesses identified the two detained men as the ones responsible for the vandalism.

 Police said one of the men had cans of spray paint in his pocket and backpack, and both had paint on their hands and clothes.

 The two, ages 20 and 21, were later booked into the King County Jail on charges of property damage.

The men were identified as Ty Himmelman and Elias Krom. Their bail hearing is set for Thursday afternoon.

Seattle police say they will likely face felony charges.

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