Charleston native and artist Shepard Fairey arrested in Detroit for tagging buildings

Shepard Fairey is shown in Detroit in May.

Graffiti artist Shepard Fairey is in Detroit police custody after turning himself in on charges that he tagged buildings in the city.

Police spokeswoman Officer Shanelle Williams says Fairey was arrested Tuesday and is awaiting arraignment.

Fairey was charged in a warrant with malicious destruction of property.

John Roach, a spokesman for Mayor Mike Duggan, told the Associated Press in an email that the city’s law department has been in touch with a representative for Fairey.

Fairey told the Detroit Free Press after flying to Detroit Monday that he couldn’t discuss the issue.

Last week, a Detroit law department official said Fairey was arrested in Los Angeles and later released.

Police say about $9,000 in damage was done to other structures while Fairey was in Detroit to complete commissioned works.

Last year, Fairey murals were installed around the Charleston peninsula during a Halsey Institute exhibition.

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