UPDATE: Seattle Police have arrested two men for going on a drunken graffiti spree that claimed a Capitol Hill icon as a target Wednesday night. The Jimi Hendrix statue at Broadway and Pine suffered the indignity of a sloppy, blue-paint tag on the 43rd anniversary of his death. According to SPD the two men, 21 and 22, were caught blue-handed downtown carrying cans of spray paint. Here’s SPD’s report:
Just before 8:00 pm last night, officers from the East Precinct responded to reports of two intoxicated males spray painting the statue and nearby construction equipment in the 1600 Block of Broadway. According to witnesses, the two suspects entered a store and purchased spray paint, then left the store to deface the statue. The two then tagged the construction equipment, as well as a building, city utility box and signs. The two then boarded a Metro bus and headed downtown. Officers learned later that the suspects spray painted the bus they were on as they got off in the area of 8th Avenue and Olive Way. The driver was able to photograph the suspects doing damage to the bus and called it in. During that time, they continued to paint multiple buildings as they walked toward downtown.
At least one witness reported two, possibly intoxicated people were responsible for the graffiti. There are also multiple security cameras in the area across the street from Seattle Central.
Representatives with Hunters Capital, the developers behind the adjacent Broadway Building and owners of the statue, said a clean-up crew had been dispatched Thursday morning.
The statue honoring the Seattle music legend, a remnant of Hunters Capital head Michael Malone’s music distribution business that once operated at the site, was once considered for a move from its longtime Broadway home to the new Jimi Hendrix Park being developed in the Central District.
UPDATE: Both of the arrested have limited criminal records including arrests as juveniles. One of the men will turn 21 later this month, the other’s age was not yet available via court records.
Thanks to CHS reader Charles for sending in the sad photographic evidence.