Houston police file charges in defacing of Obama mural

Houston police file charges in defacing of Obama mural

Credit: Houston Police Department

Michael Dale Kroetsch was charged Friday with felony criminal mischief

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Associated Press

Posted on February 25, 2013 at 9:14 AM

Updated Monday, Feb 25 at 9:35 AM

HOUSTON -— Houston police have filed charges against a man accused of defacing a mural of President Barack Obama.

Michael Dale Kroetsch was charged Friday with felony criminal mischief. Police say he has not been arrested.

Authorities allege 58-year-old Kroetsch took part in a Jan. 28 incident in which someone splashed paint across the 10-foot image of Obama on a building owned by the Breakfast Klub, which is a popular midtown restaurant.

It was the second act of vandalism against the mural. The first one happened Oct. 16 when someone threw red paint onto the image painted by artist Reginald C. Adams.

The mural was repainted earlier this month as a dozen volunteers helped Adams create a new image showing Obama holding a baby boy.

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