VIDEO REPORT: Man Cited After Spray Painting Homes

UPDATED Friday, April 27, 2012 --- 5:05 p.m.
By: Barclay Pollak

Wednesday morning the owners of a home on the 900 block of E. Mifflin Street woke-up to a profane message spray painted on the side of their house.

They also found a cell phone in front of their home.

According to the Madison Police Department's Public Information Officer, Joel DeSpain, not only did the vandal leave his phone behind but one of his contacts lead police to him.

DeSpain says, " Some one was calling the phone and the officer answered and wanted to know whose phone it was and was able to learn whose phone it was by someone who was actually calling. "

Officers eventually found and questioned 20-year-old Paul D. Jones.
He denied any involvement at first but eventually admitted to painting the phrase. He also admitted to vandalizing a stone wall at Breese Stevens Stadium, a warehouse on the corner of Livingston and Dayton Streets and a home on the 800-block of Dayton Street.

We did speak to one of the victims today. He did not want to go on camera. But he did tell us that it cost him $100 to clean up the graffiti. That's $100 he would have rather spent on something else.

Police say they're still not sure why he did it. DeSpain says, " He mentions a French philosopher. He mentions this French philosopher being anti-establishment which he considers himself to be. "

Jones was cited. Police say there have been a number of similar incidents involving cars but Jones denies any involvement. Police are still investigating.


Posted Friday, April 27, 2012 --- 9:15 a.m.

From the Madison Police Department:

Incident Type:
Damaged Property

Incident Date:
04/25/2012 - 1:08 AM

900 block E. Mifflin St.

Paul D. Jones, age 20, Madison
Mr. Jones was cited and released for Criminal Damage to Property.

An East Mifflin St. resident contacted Madison Police early Wednesday morning after finding that someone had spray painted his home with orange and hot pink paint.

A profanity and other letters were sprayed on the home.

The victim told an officer he also found a cell phone on the sidewalk. Utilizing information contained in the phone, the officer was able to identify its' owner.

He was contacted, and after initially denying being involved in criminal damage to the property, made some admissions.

He confessed to spray painting the home, a stone wall at Breese Stevens stadium, a home in the 800 block of E. Dayton St., and a large warehouse type building at the corner of Livingston St. and E. Dayton St.

The suspect denied spray painting vehicles.

The investigation continues.

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