MINOT, N.D. - A 25-year-old Minot man is accused of spray painting obscene graffiti critical of the police at different locations in Minot in November 2017.
Kevin Marcel Conti is charged in district court in Minot with criminal mischief, a Class C felony.
According to the probable cause affidavit filed with the court, Minot police investigated multiple incidents of graffiti on downtown parking garages and other buildings last fall.
On Nov. 18, 2017, Conti was arrested by police on an unrelated charge of unlawful use of license plates. An officer asked him what he knew about the graffiti on the parking garages in downtown Minot. Conti said he knew who was doing it, but didn't want to snitch. He offered the opinion that the graffiti artist "was probably mad at the city for spending money on the parking garages rather than spending money on river levies."
Later in November, private businesses reported graffiti. On Nov. 21, North Hill Bowl reported graffiti where the tag depicted a man and a pig and the acronym "FTP," believed to translate to an expletive message aimed at police. Surveillance video showed a man spray painting the building. The man's face is not visible on the video, but an officer noted that the man's clothing and walk looked like Conti.
On Nov. 26, HiShine Carwash reported graffiti. "FTP" had been spray painted on one of the windows. Another tag read "Every arrest generates $."
The cost of removing the graffiti at the downtown parking garages, North Hill Bowl and HiShine Carwash was estimated at a combined $3,074, according to the affidavit.