Attorney for Uriel Landeros, alleged vandal of Menil Collection Picasso, speaks out

Uriel Landeros was charged with criminal mischief after he went to Houston's Menil Collection and allegedly sprayed painted over Picasso's "Woman in a Red Armchair" in June.

January 9, 2013 1:33:05 PM PST
The attorney for the man accused of defacing a Pablo Picasso painting at Houston's Menil Collection hopes a judge will issue a bond for him.

Uriel Landeros surrendered to authorities on Tuesday, after months on the run in Mexico and Guatemala. His lawyer, Emily DeToto, says he turned himself in at the Reynosa International Bridge across the border from McAllen, Texas.

DeToto hopes Landeros will be extradited to Houston Wednesday night so he can face a judge by the end of the week. She is planning to ask for a bond, but fears she maybe rejected because Landeros was a fugitive for several months.

"I told Uriel that I was extremely pleased that he ultimately turned himself in, because it was always my fear that he would make matters worse," DeToto said.

Landeros faces two felony charges for allegedly spray painting Picasso's "Woman in a Red Armchair" painting last June at the Menil Collection. The incident was caught on camera and uploaded to YouTube.

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