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Arrest made in campus battle against graffiti

Published: Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Updated: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 23:03

Local graffiti artist ‘EPIK' was arrested Monday in connection with the rise of graffiti on campus.

Due to an anonymous tip, Marshall University Police Department was able to identify and arrest Samuel Harrison Pauley, 19, of South Charleston who admitted to using the alias "EPIK."

"We had a tip on our ‘silent witness' page regarding a Marshall student," said James Terry, chief of campus police. "We contacted the student and he was willing to cooperate."

Terry said Pauley denied painting any stencils on campus, but did take credit for three tags on the Robert C. Byrd Biotechnology Science Center and another tag on the Third Avenue side of the Henderson Center.

MUPD obtained three misdemeanor warrants and one felony warrant for destruction of property on Monday. According to the police record books, Pauley turned himself in and was transported to Western Regional Jail with bond set at $11,000.

A destruction of public property count reaches felony status if the cost of the damage exceeds $1,000. Pauley had taken credit for a tag on a large sports banner on the side of the Henderson Center and the graffiti was unable to be removed.

Terry said this is the first arrest with hopefully more to follow. He stated that the Marshall University Police Department has obtained information regarding another suspect in connection to graffiti and destruction of property counts on campus and the surrounding area.

The silent witness reporting system is a service provided by the MUPD website. The system allows the witness to anonymously send information to the Marshall University Police Department without any fear of knowing the information could come back to harm the person writing the report. This service can be located at http://www.marshall.edu/mupd/silentwitness.htm.

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