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A 21 year-old Evanston man was arrested today, Nov. 7, and charged with six counts of criminal defacement of public property. All of the charges are misdemeanors. The man allegedly wrote political graffiti messages regarding immigration with spray paint on or near train viaducts starting this past summer, said Commander Jay Parott, public information officer of the Evanston Police Department. 

While on surveillance at about 2 a.m. this morning, an Evanston Police Officer observed a man spray painting the wall at Lincoln Avenue and Greenbay Road, said the Commander. The officer attempted to apprehend the man who fled on foot and eluded the officer. While checking the area, officers were able to locate a vehicle nearby that was registered to another area of Evanston. Officers set up surveillance at the vehicle’s residence and observed a man approach who matched the description of the man who earlier fled from the officer. The man was subsequently identified by the originating officer who observed the spray painting.  

The man is charged with defacing public property at the following locations:

  1. 1826 Central, 10/20/11
  2. Lincoln Ave. & Greenbay Road, 10/23/11
  3. Livingston St. & Greenbay Road, 10/23/11
  4. 900 Colfax, 10/23/11
  5. Lincoln Ave. & Greenbay Road, 10/28/11
  6. Lincoln Ave. & Greenbay Road, 11/07/11