Redmond Police arrested a man they believe is responsible for a string of 24 graffiti taggings after they spotting him with spray paint on his hands.
Devin William Knight, 18, of Redmond, now faces a possible felony for a highly visible crime.
At about 11:40 p.m. Monday, Redmond Police officer Cory Buckley pulled his vehicle alongside a young man in downtown Redmond and spoke with him. It was a short encounter, according to Redmond Lt. Curtis Chambers, but before driving off, Buckley learned the man’s name and noted he had silver spray paint on his hands.
That information was shared with the day shift, and the next day, business and building owners around Redmond reported silver graffiti on their property.
Redmond officers suspected Knight. Several business owners shared surveillance footage that appeared to show Knight applying graffiti to buildings in the past week.
Knight was arrested at his home on suspicion of first-degree criminal mischief, a felony, for 21 alleged instances of graffiti. After the arrest, police learned of three additional incidents and charged Knight with three counts of misdemeanor second-degree criminal mischief.
He remains in Deschutes County jail on $25,000 bond.
A sign a Redmond resident taped over the graffiti takes a swipe at the tagger: “DEAR WHOEVER DID THIS, YOU ARE NOT PARTICULARLY GOOD AT THIS. TRY SOMETHING ELSE.”