"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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