A police report shows officers arrested Richard Reta, 58, at N. Flores and Krempkau streets around 11 p.m. Saturday after seeing him spray painting an anti-corporate greed message on the ground.(from KSAT-12)
He was charged with one count of graffiti, $1500-$20,000.
The report said Reta had a can of spray paint in his possession and paint on his clothing when he was arrested.
It also said he admitted to scrawling graffiti in several other locations, mostly along the route of the Rock 'N' Roll Marathon, which was slated to begin hours after his arrest. All together, the damage was said to be in excess of $2,000.
Police said Reta told officers he's part of Occupy San Antonio, a group of protestors who have been staging a sit-in in Hemisfair Park for weeks to show their displeasure with they call [sic] corporate greed.
To their credit, the Occupiers seem to be distancing themselves from this guy's actions. But KSAT also offers this:
[Occupier Joe] Ballard said Occupy does not condone any behavior that involves defacing city property.If KSAT is accurately representing what this guy said, I find it noteworthy that the Occupiers do not condone defacing city property, but they make no mention of private property.
Noteworthy. But not surprising.