Update: Good Samaritan cleans off train graffiti

Engine 556 after graffiti removed
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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - On Thursday the Engine 556 locomotive was nearly clean of the graffiti that showed up earlier this week.

A man named Frankie tells Channel 2 that he and his daughters went down and cleaned up the paint.

Frankie says when he heard how much it was going to cost, he took it upon himself to make sure the engine looked as good as it did before.

Another local man had volunteered to remove the graffiti and repaint the train but said temperatures had to be above 40 degrees during the day and night.

Also on Thursday, Terrence John Keoni Vicens, 18, faced a judge on a charge of criminal mischief for spray painting the historic train.

He told the judge "he doesn't vandalize stuff."

The judge ordered Vicens to not go near the train or possess any spray paint.

Original Story

An 18-year-old suspect has been arrested for painting graffiti on the Engine 556 locomotive on display at the Delaney Park Strip, Anchorage Police say.

Police say a tip submitted through Crimestoppers led to them to the suspect, identified as 18-year-old Terrence John Keoni Vicens.

Vicens was charged with felony criminal mischief and taken to the Anchorage Jail. Police say the cost of removing the paint from the locomotive is estimated between $7,000 and $15,000.

APD says investigators are looking into the possibility that Vicens had help in vandalizing the train. Anyone with information is asked to contact police dispatch at 789-8900 or submit and anonymous tip through Crimestoppers.



 
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