A man was arrested after he was suspected of spray-painting red graffiti on three Tallahassee businesses Sunday night.
Officer Murphy, A Tallahassee Police Department officer, was on patrol when he had seen three males standing close to the north wall of Marie's Fashion and Accessories while the business was closed.
Due to the suspicious behavior, Officer Murphy turned his vehicle around and headed back to the business but the three males had fled the scene.
Officer Murphy observed red paint on the north wall of the business that appeared to still be fresh.
After a foot chase, a TPD officer caught Logan Harrold, 19, from Tallahassee and arrested him. He faces criminal mischief and resisting an officer charges.
TPD officers also found similar red paint on the side of Busy Beavers Auto and Transmission and Holy Temple. The damage to all three buildings is about $1,500.
Joanna Pizzo, an FSU student studying International Affairs from Naples Florida feels indifferent about graffiti in Tallahassee.
“I think it all depends. Graffiti can be a great way to express yourself creatively, but it seems like these guys were just vandalizing for the fun of it,” Pizzo said.
“The Tallahassee Police Department is continuing its commitment to excellence by working with city residents and business owners to eradicate graffiti in Tallahassee,” Officer Dave Northway, a public information officer for TPD, said.
The Tallahassee resident and co-owner of Busy Beavers Auto and Transmission, Jessica Beavers, was asleep when the incident happened.
“The Tallahassee Police Department called my home at around 1 a.m. after the incident happened. They called to let me know that they had caught one of the guys and if I knew him and wanted to press charges. The graffiti is still there. It's typical graffiti obscenities on the wall that only a select few can read,” Beavers said.
TPD is asking anyone with information on the two other suspects and to call 891-4200.
One suspect is described in the police report as a white man, 5 feet 6 inches tall, between 18 and 22 years old and wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and shorts. The other is also a white man wearing a white t-shirt and carrying a black backpack.