Boozers deface Jimi Hendrix statue, get arrested
Dung Nguyen of Cleanscapes spreads a product called “Elephant Snot” onto graffiti sprayed on Capitol Hill’s iconic Jimi Hendrix statue on Broadway. The product helps remove spray paint. Two men were arrested for a blatant graffiti spree Wednesday night. (Joshua Trujillo, seattlepi.com)
Seattle police have arrested and jailed two men, ages 20 and 21, who defaced the statue of favorite son Jimi Hendrix on Broadway as part of a spray-painting spree.
The men were not criminal masterminds. There was the drinking before it all began. The security camera and Metro bus driver who photographed them, and the numerous witnesses who watched them. Then, too, they did have paint on them by the time Seattle police found them.
Before 8 p.m. Wednesday, police got reports of two drunk men painting the Hendrix statue and construction equipment in the 1600 block of Broadway.
You don’t step on Superman’s cape or mess with Mr. Hendrix in this town
Witnesses told police the men bought spray paint at a local store and came out to deface the statue.
Then they used the spray paint on construction equipment, a building, utility box and signs.
Their getaway: Take a Metro bus to downtown.
Of course, they used the paint on the bus as they got off at Eighth Avenue and Olive Way, police say. The Metro driver took their photograph and alerted authorities.
The two continued to paint buildings as they walked to downtown, police said.
Police checked surveillance video of the two buying the paint. Meanwhile, transit police stopped the men at Third and Pike.
Officers and witness on Capitol Hill went downtown. The witnesses identified the men.
Both men had paint on their hands and clothes, police say. And one had cans of spray paint in his pocket and backpack.
And to answer the musical questions, the two are now experienced. And then some.