Marquette Man Arrested for Graffiti

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Marquette-Police-symbolMARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – A Marquette man has been arrested on charges of malicious destruction of property and resisting and obstructing.

Marquette Police were called to the 500 block of Hawley Street Monday on a report of a man writing on a dumpster. A witness observed the man running from the dumpster before jumping on a bike and that the man also stopped and wrote something on a sign and then left the area.

Working from a description of the man, an officer saw a man matching the description riding his bike behind a business on Presque Isle Avenue.  The officer followed the man and saw him pull what looked to be a magic marker out of his pocket.  The suspect fled the scene and was chased for several blocks. Officers apprehended the man after he came out of a wooded area where he was hiding.

The man was identified as 25-year-old Alexander John Watanen of Marquette.  He was arraigned Tuesday in Marquette County District Court.

An investigation found that Watanen had written the word ‘Gerko’ on the dumpster and street sign in the 500 block of Hawley Street. The same word has been found in dozens of reports involving vandalism in the city of Marquette and Marquette Township, and can be found in hundreds of locations around the city.

Watanen could be facing additional charges.

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