From Asheville Police Department:
Asheville – On April 23rd, 2014, at approximately 4:18AM, APD patrol officers observed fresh red paint “tagging” on the side of 643 Haywood Road in West Asheville. Officers then saw a white male wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and camouflage pants walking east on Haywood Road. The individual ran between buildings and attempted to hide. APD officers searched the area and located Chase Herrington Johnson, 17, of Arden, laying down in the overgrowth near his moped.
Johnson had fresh red paint on his hands and told officers he had tagged the side of the building. Officers located two spray paint cans that Johnson had thrown as he ran in between 647 and 643 Haywood Rd. Johnson was transported to the BCDF and charged with Damage to Property and received a $500.00 secure bond.
No photo is available for the individual.
In addition to increased police patrols, City staff members across the organization have been working with business owners and community leaders to address the graffiti problem. Efforts are aimed at both immediate and mid-to-long term solutions.
The first and most important action to take when observing someone “tagging” or damaging property is to report it immediately. The Asheville Police Department number is 828-252-1110. Buncombe County Crime Stoppers is 828-255-5050.