$1K Reward for UCSD Graffiti and Vandalism Suspect

"YOU CAN EXPELL ME I WILL STILL BE HERE" was scrawled on the wall

Images captured a man who police say smashed several surveillance cameras and wrote an eerie message in gold-colored graffiti on a UC San Diego building.

The San Diego County Crime Stoppers and investigators from the UCSD are looking for help finding a man who vandalized school property early Thursday, Jan. 5 morning.

The suspect, described as a thin male wearing a black face mask, caused more than $14,000 in damage, including spray painting in gold “YOU CAN PAINT OVER ME YOU CAN CATCH ME YOU CAN EXPELL ME I WILL STILL BE HERE” on a first floor wall in Mandeville Center on campus, police said.

Officials are offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case.

At approximately 1:50 a.m. that Thursday, the suspect destroyed a junction box with surveillance camera cables after climbing onto the roof of the UCSD Chancellors complex. He caused about $4,000 in damage, police said.

Around 5 a.m., the same suspect broke eight surveillance cameras attached to walls and stairwells with a sledgehammer. At least ten “men” and “women” signs from exterior bathroom doors were also removed and broken, police said. Around this time police said the man also wrote the graffiti on the first floor of Mandeville Center.

Police described the suspect as wearing a gray and dark-colored long sleeve hoodie with a hat under the hood, dark pants and black shoes. They said the suspect may also have a small mole on the inside corner of his right eye.

Anyone with information on the identity or location of the suspect is asked to call the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477.

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