FROM THE MONTGOMERY COUNTY ATTORNEY’S OFFICE:
Today, officers from the Conroe Independent School District Police Department detained a juvenile whom they allege organized a group of vandals who poured paint on the Grady Spikes Memorial tiger statue at Conroe High School last month.
School officials discovered the damage when they arrived on campus May 16, 2012 and found the two-ton bronze statue, as well as nearby sidewalks and buildings, effectively covered with black and blue spray paint. This was the first time the statue of Conroe High School’s mascot has ever been vandalized. Several nearby walls were covered with graffiti. Removing the paint and repairing the damage cost the school district thousands of dollars in materials and labor. Restoration of the memorial and its surroundings is an ongoing process that will continue throughout the Summer.
“School officials and investigators received numerous leads from the community regarding the identity of the vandals,” said Jeff Laurent of the CISD Police. “Ultimately, some of the people involved provided statements indicating that the detained juvenile is the one who conceived and organized the crime. We were able to confirm the juvenile’s involvement by comparing the graffiti markings at the scene to some known artwork attributed to the juvenile. We found that many distinctive features of the graffiti matched the known artwork. We also discovered that the juvenile was seen at a local retail outlet purchasing black and blue spray paint shortly before the vandalism took place. The store’s video system recorded the juvenile and some of his associates making the purchases.”
The juvenile will be charged with Graffiti On A School Campus, a state jail felony offense, and Felony Criminal Mischief. If adjudicated, the juvenile could potentially be committed to the Texas Juvenile Justice Department. Alternatively, he may be ordered to submit to supervision until he turns 18 years old, pay restitution, perform community service, undergo treatment and counseling, and comply with all other conditions imposed by the Juvenile Court.
According to Laurent, “We are still gathering information on the other individuals involved, including one person who is an adult. There should be additional charges filed in the near future.”