Man accused of vandalizing 1929 Picasso surrenders

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 8, 2013 at 9:34 pm •  Published: January 8, 2013
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HOUSTON (AP) — A man accused of vandalizing a 1929 Pablo Picasso painting in an act caught on cellphone video surrendered Tuesday to federal marshals at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Uriel Landeros, 22, of Houston, turned himself over to marshals at the international bridge near McAllen, Texas.

"I don't regret anything that I've done," Landeros told KPRC-TV of Houston in an interview.

Landeros was charged in June with felony graffiti and criminal mischief for spray painting the artwork titled "Woman in a Red Armchair" at the Menil Collection in Houston.

The painting was damaged June 13 in an act caught in a 24-second video taken by a bystander and posted on YouTube. The vandal left behind an image of a bullfighter, a bull and the word "conquista," the Spanish word for conquest.

Once the man walks away, the person taking the video walks up to the painting, recording the damage. This, plus the fact that the witness happened to film the vandal at the moment he damaged the painting, has some speculating whether the two were working together.



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