Accused graffiti vandals: It's not illegal back home in Spain

By On May 30, 2018

Accused graffiti vandals: It's not illegal back home in Spain

This ain’t Barcelona, fellas.

The trio of Spanish graffiti vandals busted last month for tagging MTA trains is claiming they thought it was OK to deface subways because graffiti is tolerated in Spain.

“In my country [it] is not illegal to do graffiti,” Ignacio Dominguez-Robles told cops after his April 16 arrest, according to court documents.

“I am not a terrorist and I don’t know any,” said Manuel Cobano-Pareja in a statement to police. “In Barcelona, it is not as serious as it is in New York City.”

The third, Ricardo Espinola-Martinez, also mounted the no se defense, adding: “I regret coming to New York and having painted the trains. In Spain, it is normal and not a serious crime.”

Now they should be well acquainted with the New York legal system â€" they were slapped with charges in Manhattan, The Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens.

The N YPD discovered their distinctive “European-style” graffiti in the 168th Street subway station on April 11, and international police organization Interpol confirmed the tags â€" “Orus,” “Sen / Jabato” and “Tate / Asia” â€" belonged to the men.

The same day, an MTA security worker spotted them wearing masks in a car near the 148th Street station, according to court papers.

Cops caught the men posing for photos in front of freshly laid paint at Brooklyn’s Utica Avenue and arrested them on April 16.

They cut plea deals in Manhattan, and The Bronx, copping to misdemeanor graffiti and mischief charges in exchange for time served and fines totaling $7,500.

“Mr. Robles is anxious to go home to Spain where his family is. He is here facing these charges and is hoping to resolve them as soon as possible,” said his lawyer James Kilduff.

Lawyers for Cobano-Pareja and Espinola-Martinez did not immediately return requests for comment.

The trio still faces various graffiti, trespassing and criminal mischief charges in Brooklyn and Queens.

Source: Google News Spain | Netizen 24 Spain

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