Suspect identified in vandalism of Picasso painting at Menil Collection

June 22, 2012 9:52:00 AM PDT
A Crime Stoppers tip has led to the identification of a suspect believed responsible for defacing an expensive painting at a local art museum.

Uriel Landeros was captured on a cell phone video as he spray painted the 1929 masterpiece "Woman in a Red Armchair" by Pablo Picasso, housed at the Menil Collection. After painting the image of a bull and the word "conquista," the suspect fled from the museum. The painting is valued at several million dollars.

The video was later uploaded to YouTube where it captured national media attention.

A Crime Stoppers tip identified Landeros, 22, as the suspect.

Last Friday, Landeros was charged with criminal mischief and felony graffiti, both third-degree felonies. Landeros is described as a white male, standing 5 foot 8 and weighing 180 lbs.

Anyone with information about the location of Uriel Landeros or other possible co-conspirators is asked to call 713-222-TIPS (8477).

Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for any information called in to the 713-222-TIPS (8477) or submitted online at www.crime-stoppers.org that leads to the filing of felony charges or arrest of the suspect(s) in this case. Tips can also be sent by text message. Text TIP610 plus your tip to CRIMES (274637). All tipsters remain anonymous.


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