Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Two Vandalism Suspects Arrested In Arcata

City of Arcata PRESS RELEASE


With the assistance of citizens, two vandalism suspects were arrested this week by the Arcata Police Department.

The first subject was seen vandalising several vehicles and a home in the 400 Blk of Forest Ave on Sunday May 1st at approximately 11:00 PM. The man used a paint marker to "tag" the vehicles and residence. Responding officers located a man matching the description provided by witnesses walking a short distance from the scene of the vandalism.

30 year old Eric Scott Howe, a transient from Eureka was arrested and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility for felony vandalism, public intoxication and probation violations. Howe is currently on probation in Humboldt County for vandalism.

The second subject was seen vandalising several locations in the downtown area of Arcata in the early morning hours of May 3rd. The man used both spray paint and paint markers to "tag" numerous buildings and walls. A witness followed the man while providing police information as to his location. When the man was contacted by police, he fled and when apprehended he violently resisted the officers.

20 year old Nicholas James Merrill of Arcata was arrested and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility for vandalism and resisting arrest.


  1. Somehow I don't think either of these guys were the ones that "vandalized" your building a while back. There's art...and there's not smart!

    These two fit in category two.

  2. Yeah, I agree with you Dave. The paint job was done to what looked like an abandoned building. They covered up boarded up windows with new paint and didn't leave a mess or anything. Just their large tag. I still don't know what it means. I am hoping that the message isn't any worse than a boarded up building on the outskirts of town.

    If this was a business that had a nice paint job and landscaping that made the town look better, it would be serious vandalism. It is not.

    I hope we can get some real art painted on the building now that the first blow has been struck. That may be in the works.

  3. I think they need to leave the good street artists alone and only arrest the punks that don't know what they are doing and tagging pops stuff, I think its okay for art to be in the streets in the right places


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