Arrest made after sculpture on levee vandalized

Crime Stoppers tip leads to arrest of alleged vandal of downtown sculpture

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - An arrest has been made after a new sculpture on the levee was vandalized less than a week after it was unveiled.

The report from the Baton Rouge Police Department says after identifying Caleb Ashley Davis, 23, as a suspect, detective went to his home on Hyacinth Street to question him after receiving a tip from Crime Stoppers. Davis reportedly admitted to spray painting the sculpture on Tuesday, Dec. 10. He was arrested Thursday, Dec. 12 and charged with simple criminal damage to property. He was later released after posting a $500 bond.

Davis was also arrested in March for allegedly digging up bones at a cemetery.

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The graffiti will be removed as soon as possible, officials say.
The graffiti will be removed as soon as possible, officials say. (Source: WAFB)

The $350,000 sculpture was commissioned by the Rotary Club of Baton Rouge to mark the organization’s 100th anniversary. The official ribbon cutting for the newest addition to the city’s landscape was held Friday, Dec. 6.

Thankfully, the actual sculpture was not marred. The graffiti, which was discovered Wednesday, Dec. 11, was located on the concrete area closest to the edge of the levee wall.

The graffiti was discovered less than a week after the official ribbon cutting was held.
The graffiti was discovered less than a week after the official ribbon cutting was held. (Source: WAFB)

Executive Director for the Downtown Development District Davis Rhorer says there’re plans in the works to install security cameras in the area as soon as possible.

Mayor Boome’s office was also made aware. The graffiti was removed Thursday.

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