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Police: Intoxicated taggers deface Jimi Hendrix statue

Police: Intoxicated taggers deface Jimi Hendrix statue
Dung Nguyen of Cleanscapes removes spray paint from Capitol Hill's iconic Jimi Hendrix statue Thursday. (Joshua Trujillo, seattlepi.com)
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SEATTLE -- A pair of intoxicated taggers spray-painted Capitol Hill's popular Jimi Hendrix statue, as well as buildings, construction equipment and a Metro bus, all while in plain view of numerous witnesses and security cameras, according to the Seattle Police Department. Needless to say, the men were promptly arrested.

According to police, the 20 and 21-year-old men were spotted by witnesses walking into a store -- where they were captured on surveillance camera buying spray paint -- and tagging the Jimi Hendrix statue on Broadway. They then reportedly defaced a building, a city utility box and some signs before boarding a Metro bus for downtown Seattle.

The men spray painted the bus as they exited near Eighth Avenue and Olive Street and were photographed by the bus driver, according to police. The men reportedly proceeded to tag a number of downtown buildings.

Metro Transit Police stopped the men at Third and Pike. According to police, the men were positively identified by a number of witnesses; plus they still had spray paint cans on them and paint on their hands and clothes.

The suspected taggers were arrested and booked into King County Jail for investigation of property damage.

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