The wonders of timing! Yesterday, Brooklynites' beef with the tagger Backfat was examined in the Daily News, and last night, the police arrested him! The News reports that Charles Abarno was cuffed "in front of the 72nd Precinct stationhouse." Hmm, was Abarno considering tagging the stationhouse? Detective Mike Cleary had been following the case of the mysteriously appearing Backfat tags in the Windsor Terrace-Kensington neighborhood's stores, schools, subway stations, anything, and arrested his white whale.
Abarno, who does live nearby, was charged with two counts of criminal mischief for tagging a public library and store. City Councilman Bill de Blasio said, "I am extremely pleased he has been caught. Now we need to make sure the appropriate punishment is given." Abarno, 21, faces up to four years in jail.