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May 16, 2014

Police charge graffiti suspect

JOHNSTOWN — Police said they finally caught the man who had been spray-painting graffiti in Southmont Borough.

Christian Garret Wyrwas, 19, of the 300 block of Olive Street, was arrested early Thursday by West Hills Regional police, who said they caught him in the act of spray-painting borough storage sheds.

Police charged him with seven counts of criminal mischief.

Wyrwas also was charged with loitering and prowling at nighttime and resisting arrest.

In a criminal complaint, police said that while on patrol just after midnight they spotted a man wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and black pants carrying a sack in Pepper Alley off Diamond Boulevard.

The man – later identified as Wyrwas – pulled out a can of spray paint, rattled it a few times, checked the tip and sprayed two buildings, police said.

Wyrwas fled when an officer approached and was stopped only after being shot with a stun gun, police said.

“This has been going on since the early part of May,” police Sgt. George Musulin III said. “They cleaned (the graffiti) off several times and then he came back.”

Wyrwas also sprayed two street signs, Musu­lin said.

Musulin estimated damage at $1,000.

Wyrwas was arraigned by on-call District Judge Michael Zungali of Hastings and freed on $10,000 unsecured bond.

Patrick Buchnowski is a reporter with The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on twitter.com/PatBuchnowskiTD.

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