San Angelo Police Graffiti Vandal Dragnet Widens


San Angelo, TX -- The San Angelo police dragnet for catching the alleged vandals of Alley Flats widened yesterday. Three suspects were arrested for being graffiti vandals Friday,

On the booking report Saturday morning, the San Angelo Police Department is reported to have arrested Benjamin Anglin and charged him with Graffiti, with a pecuniary loss between $2,500 but less that $30,000. The charge is a State Jail Felony.

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Above: Benjamin Anglin, 18. (TGCJ)

Anglin, 18, was fingered by citizens who saw video footage of a suspected graffiti artist walking towards the alleyway between W. Twohig Ave and W Concho Ave. It’s a location known at Painted Alley, Paintbrush Alley, or Alley Flats (because that name is painted above a doorway there).

Also arrested for graffiti were Michael Combs, 18, at 4:07 p.m. yesterday; and Ingrid Macias, 18, at 8:59 p.m. Friday night. These two are facing same charges as Anglin.

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Above: Michael Combs (left) and Ingrid Macias (right)

Alley Flats was commissioned in 2005 by volunteer artists who wanted to make the area a destination in downtown San Angelo. After the artists fixed up the alleyway, it became a popular location for wedding photos.

No longer, however. A graffiti artist spray painted many obscene words and desecrated religious art there.

Anglin’s photo from his social media accounts was forwarded to us along with screenshot stills from the surveillance video. We forwarded the information to police and to Downtown San Angelo, Inc.

Anglin, the only person who could be identified in those photos was arrested Friday at 12:47 p.m. According to jail records, all three are being held on a $10,000 bond as of Saturday morning with the same charges.

We are only connecting dots here. No official word has been released by San Angelo police if these teenagers’ graffiti charges yesterday are connected with Paintbrush Alley. And, of course, in America, suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.



MjNS, Sun, 03/04/2018 - 10:57

I really hope that is him. His mugshot looks very defiant. Kinda makes me want to smack him upside the head Gibbs style....

Judgement should be on the basis of proof and not on emotion. However, if it is proven that it was them, and if I were the parent of one of these kids, I would let them assume full responsibility for their actions and let them bear the consequences alone. Knowing how the system works, the guilty ones will end up on probation paying hefty fines and fees to the city, and volunteers will undo the damage. Headlines: Stupidity Creates Windfall!

With slug punks like these trolling our streets we need more video cameras out there and more so downtown areas.
Kudos to the people who recognized the losers. Hope TGCC makes a fine example out of these under achiever's.

With reckless abandon, these little wastes willingly defaced the work of others. Their parents will absorb the monetary portion of the punishment, what's left for them will more than likely be a slap on the wrist, doing some light community service. In the end, society gains 4 ingrates who've been groomed by a do-nothing "justice system", and consequently, 4 repeat offenders.

There is something inherently abhorrent about people like this, never contributing anything of value to their communities. There's a reason why they targeted the artwork of others, rather than scrawl their asinine BS on a bare wall. They're intellectually bankrupt, envious and jealous of true artists. The above photos are pretty much all these 4 insignificants will be remembered by, assuming anyone bothers to remember them.

These are the types who can be brought to tears with a flippant comment about the shoes they wear. Sentence them each to 15 minutes of public humiliation by way of the victims or even a professional comedian. It's true, words CAN hit harder than fists (and possibly fines). I'd pay to see these 4 verbally pummeled in a public setting. Defacing property isn't fun, but shattering the self esteem of entitled degenerates IS.

You tell 'em, Lares! Putting those two butch lesbians in the slammer will be too much of a treat! No punishment at all! And someone get that girl with Down syndrome some help. She didn't know what she was doing.

Time to get some Texas justice up in here! YEE-HAW!

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