"Bantr", "Mind" Arrested on Graffiti Charges

Knoxville (WVLT) – Two men police say are responsible for graffiti throughout the city have been arrested according to the Knoxville Police.

In a joint conference with the City of Knoxville, the Knoxville Police Department announced the arrest of 21-year-old Seth David Calehuff who uses the tag name "Mind" and 21-year-old Christopher Douglas Jones who uses the tag name "Bantr".

"I want to emphasize that painting graffiti on our buildings and structures won't be tolerated and we will continue to pursue and prosecute the offenders," says Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam.

Knoxville Police Chief Sterling Owen, IV, says on the evening of March 17th officers responding to a suspicious persons call near a viaduct at Middlebrook Pike and I-640 observed the two men preparing to "tag" a wall.

As a result of that arrest, and the following investigation, the two men were charged on a 19 count indictment earlier this week.

Seth David "Mind" Calehuff was indicted on 12 felony and misdemeanor charges, his bond is set at $5,000. Christopher Douglas "Bantr" Jones was indicted on 7 felony and misdemeanor charges, his bond is set at $2,500.

Mayor Haslam added, "As part of the punishment for this crime, we're asking that anyone caught and convicted for painting graffiti be made to help with the cleanup, both by having to physically get in there and scrub it off and also by having to pay for it."

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  • by Wayne on Feb 17, 2010 at 03:54 PM
    Anyone know how I can get in contact with either of these graffiti guys?
  • by D Location: Tennessee on Jan 7, 2010 at 12:21 AM
    Painter you are idiot. Could you paint like lime? These vandals need to fall off a building or get shot? Thats way overdrawn. Its amazing how people are threatened by graffiti. Graffiti is not going nowhere. It is never going to stop. It has been here since ancient times. What about crooked authorities on power trips and idiots. It isn't overdrawn for them to fall off a building or get shot. Worry about real problems like drugs, murderers ect...
  • by John Location: knoxville on Mar 12, 2009 at 10:57 PM
    Make a "legal wall" (or wallS)designated for graffiti like most cities have in the US and other countries. Why not let this guys decorate the abandoned nasty looking buildings in the city??? It will reduce this problem greatly just like a skatepark reduces the chance of having kids skateboarding all over downtown and grinding on every ledge they see.
  • by Painter Location: Knoxville on Dec 30, 2008 at 08:16 PM
    I have to paint over graffiti vandalism. It is not art! I listen to the property owners complaining about having to pay to cover up graffiti. They wish that "Mind", "Bantr", "Lime" and the rest of these vandals fall off a building or get shot. I bet if I painted my name on dtk or Austin's car or their parents home they would want me dead. When the Mexican Mafia find out that these punks are tagging over their graffiti...they will turn up dead. Maybe someone will tag their tombstone. I want Mayor Haslam to enforce a law where I.D. is required and records kept for spray paint purchases at Home Depots, Pep Boys, Dollar Store, etc. The drug stores do it for sudafed purchases to fight the meth problem.
  • by dtk Location: everywhere on Jul 4, 2008 at 04:55 AM
    Free Mind and Free Bantr. If you make a wall there wont be as much of a problem. we need a wall just like all other big cities.
  • by austin Location: knoxville on Jun 11, 2008 at 07:34 PM
    these two guys are my heroes THIS IS ART


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