Posted on Sep 22nd, 2010
Houston Police Department tactical Officer B. Lacy said 19-year-old Nicholas Culp and 20-year-old Fernando Esquivel were charged with state jail felony graffiti Monday, Sept. 20.
“Nightshift Officer P. Schaffer had stopped [Culp and Esquivel] a few days ago while they were riding their bicycles, and they had paint on them. I think this was after the tagging at the library,” Lacy said. “Officer Schaffer documented their names because the paint was suspicious. We brought them in Monday and got a confession out of both of them. They told us they did it because they were bored.”
Lacy said it turned out the initials “S” and “A” painted on the library walls stood for “San Antonio,” Culp’s home town. Esquivel is originally from Florida, Lacy said, but both men have been staying with relatives in Kingwood for some time.
Kingwood Library branch librarian Christi Whittington said she was relieved that the persons responsible were identified and taken into custody.
“I was extremely pleased with the excellent police work of Officer Lacy and Officer Schaffer. This really shows what good police officers we have out here at the Kingwood substation, and I thank them for their service,” she said.
“So many in the community expressed their concern and offered their help once they became aware of the vandalism. The Kingwood community feels ownership in the library, as they should. I want to thank them also, as their concern was so heartfelt. It makes coming to work here such a joy.”
Both Culp and Esquivel remain in Harris County Jail on a $2,000 bond each.
Lacy said the two men are not suspected in connection with swastika graffiti in the area, which occurred only a few days after the Kingwood Library tagging. That case remains under investigation and no arrest has been made.