Police charge suspect with defacing Obama mural but he remains on the run
The bad news? Well, he's still on the run.
Officials with the Houston Police Department tell CultureMap that Michael Dale Kroetsch was charged with felony criminal mischief on Friday after investigators identified the 58-year-old man on surveillance footage from a Jan. 28 attack on the mural at West Alabama and Travis.
Suspect Michael Dale Kroetsch is no stranger to petty crime, with prior arrests for check fraud and trespassing at a northwest Houston property.
The suspect is no stranger to petty crime, with prior arrests for check fraud and trespassing at a northwest Houston property. As recently as 2011, court records list Kroetsch's address only several blocks from the Obama painting.
The mural — which was commissioned by the Breakfast Klub owner Marcus Davis and painted by Houston artist Reginald Adams — has been defaced three times, first in early 2011 and again this past fall. Each time, the artwork has been restored in a public event.
Just days after Adams and a team of volunteers repainted the mural a third time, Davis tackled and held a suspect sneaking around mural on Feb. 17 with a gallon of fuchsia paint. Without an actual crime committed, police said they were forced to release the man with the can. It remains unclear if Kroetsch was the suspect caught by Davis.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS (8477).