Police ID suspect accused of defacing Obama mural

Michael Dale Kroetsch, 58, is accused of taking part in a January 28 incident in which someone splashed paint across the 10-foot image of Obama near the Breakfast Klub in Midtown.
February 23, 2013 3:17:03 PM PST
Houston police have filed charges against a man accused of defacing a mural of President Barack Obama near a popular Houston midtown restaurant.

The Houston Chronicle reports 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, which is located right by the Breakfast Klub.

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.

Kroetsch was arrested in 2011 for criminal trespass.

The Associated Press contributed to this report
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