Twin Falls Graffiti Artist Caught Guilty Pleads Guilty | Crime and courts
TWIN FALLS – A man from Buhl arrested this week for vandalizing property with graffiti plans to plead guilty and be sentenced on Tuesday.
Jhoan Manuel Martinez-Melchor, 21, was arrested Wednesday after police received a call about someone spray painting a stop sign on Falls Avenue and Harrison Street in Twin Falls. Officers intervened in the area and found Martinez-Melchor, who admitted he was the one painting the graffiti.
Martinez-Melchor also admitted to tagging other places in the city and said he had done so because “there is nothing else to do and we, like the police, ignore it. One officer wrote in an affidavit under oath.
Martinez-Melchor was charged Thursday with two counts of vandalism of property with graffiti and one count of possession of props. On Friday, he was charged with three additional counts of vandalism.
During Friday’s arraignment, Deputy Public Defender Johannes Claus said Martinez-Melchor wanted to plead guilty and be sentenced as soon as possible. Judge Ted Israel granted the request, scheduling a plea and sentencing hearing for Tuesday, the first day the court will be opened after a three-day weekend.
The desire to plead guilty quickly matches what police reported during Martinez-Melchor’s arrest in which he was very open with information and confessed to tagging several properties around Twin Falls.