Police charge man with spraying graffiti in downtown Charleston

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) – Charleston police arrested a man after they say he was spraying graffiti on the wall of a downtown Charleston building Tuesday night.

According to Charleston police, two officers were on patrol near Hampden Clothing on King Street when they observed a man walking on King Street from Calhoun Street. The officers were dressed in plain clothes conducting patrols related two recent burglaries in the area.

According to a police report, one of the officers heard the sound of paint being released from a canister. The officer then turned around and observed the suspect carrying a white spray can with black paint covering his hands. The officer then observed a symbol spray painted in black with wet paint on the wall of the building.

At that time, both officers identified themselves as Charleston police officers and placed Brandon G. Ford, 22, of Lexington, KY, under arrest. According to police, officers determined that the spray can, with black paint smeared on the outside, matched the paint on the wall.

The police report states that Ford told police he has tagged approximately eight other buildings or electrical boxes with graffiti. Ford was placed under arrested and charged with illegal graffiti.

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