Two men were arrested, cited and released in connection with graffiti covering some 27 floors of an unfinished luxury skyscraper in downtown Los Angeles, authorities said Thursday.
Los Angeles Police Department officers responded to a vandalism call on Jan. 30 around 12:45 a.m. in the 1200 block of South Figueroa, the site of the defunct Oceanwide Plaza complex.
At the scene, LAPD air support observed more than a dozen suspects enter the property and “eventually spray paint the building,” an LAPD press release states.
While authorities requested additional patrol units, all but two of the suspects were able to flee the scene.
The two men, identified as Victor Daniel Ramirez, 35, and Roberto Perez, 25, both Los Angeles residents, were arrested. They were taken to LAPD Central Station where they were issued citations for trespassing on private property and released.
Oceanwide Plaza, a billion-dollar mixed-use retail and luxury apartment project comprising three imposing unfinished structures, was stalled in January 2019 after the Beijing-based developer lacked funds necessary to complete it, indicated the The Los Angeles Times reported.
It is located in the heart of the downtown Los Angeles entertainment district, next to the Crypto.com Arena.
Since then, he has become a target for taggers who, according to some accounts, even I traveled out of state for a chance to do graffiti dormant structures. Almost all of the three imposing unfinished structures have been tagged by graffiti artists.
Daron Burgundy, a street photographer and witness to the tagging in progress, told KTLA that the outlaw artists had been working on Oceanwide Plaza for at least a few days.
Although the police were aware of the illegal artwork being installed, the taggers continued their work.
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