CICERO – A 23-year-old Cicero man was charged with felony criminal defacement of property after two men from Chicago’s southwest side saw him shaking a spray paint can and alerted police April 13, according to reports.
Corey A. Davis, of the 3100 block of South 49th Avenue, reportedly admitted to tagging several businesses in the Garfield Ridge neighborhood of Chicago.
About 6:25 p.m., two men were standing outside a tavern in the 6800 block of West Archer Avenue, when they said they saw Davis walk past them while shaking a can of spray paint.
The men followed Davis for a distance, and one of them called a Chicago police officer he knew personally. That officer, who was off-duty, alerted police that Davis had just tagged the fence at Taco Bell, 6944 West Archer, and was walking west on Archer.
Police responding to the call said they saw Davis in front of a natural health store in the 7100 block of West Archer matching the description given by witnesses, and he was taken into custody.
Davis, who reportedly was wearing a purple latex glove on his right hand, was found to be in possession of a can of purple spray paint, police said. He also reportedly had purple paint stains on his glove, his left sleeve and the left side of his jacket.
He was positively identified by the two witnesses.
When asked why he tagged the fence at Taco Bell, Davis reportedly replied, “Because it’s what I do. I’m a tagger.” When police asked Davis if he had tagged any other property, he allegedly said, “Yes. Just drive east on Archer.”
Police discovered similar markings painted in purple at four other locations on Archer.
Officers then asked Davis if the tags were his. He reportedly answered, “Yeah. I did those before I tagged Taco Bell.”
Davis reportedly told police that he is a student at Morton College. He was to appear in Cook County Circuit Court Branch April 19.