Serial Graffiti Vandal "Shaggy" Hit With Felonies For Multiple "Taggings"

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According to Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, "graffiti is not a harmless form of creative expression. It's a destructive crime that victimizes entire communities by creating blight and encouraging additional criminal activity."

One of the more prolific Valley vandals contributing to the "blight" is "Shaggy," a Phoenix "tagger" who currently faces felony charges for defacing property throughout Phoenix over the past three years.

Montgomery's office announced today that "Shaggy," a.k.a. Daneil Alexander Lopez, has been charged with one count of aggravated criminal damage, a class-six felony, and one count of criminal damage, a class-five felony, for damaging buildings all over Phoenix.

If you ask "Shaggy," who told cops he never planned to quit tagging until he got caught, though, he's a bit of a folk hero.


"If you become a King you will get caught eventually and that's the risk you have to take," he told investigators following his arrest.

Lopez was busted back in May when police saw him near an on-ramp to SR-51 at McDowell Road that is a frequent hangout for Valley taggers. He had white paint on his hands that matched a fresh "tag" found on a nearby overpass.

Following his arrest, Lopez admitted to police that he's been "tagging" Valley buildings since 2006 under the monikers of "Shaggy," "Shag," and "Shagone."

Lopez's current indictment lists more than 30 victims who suffered damages in excess of $5,500.

Some of Lopez's victims include Family Dollar Stores, Sears, an Arizona Department of Transportation building, New Hope in Christ Church, and multiple private citizens.

According to the County Attorney's Office, referrals of juvenile graffiti cases to the MCAO have spiked 46 percent in the last five years, while referrals of cases involving possession of graffiti tools have more than tripled.

The MCAO files charges in roughly 90-percent of the graffiti cases referred to it. Sentences generally range from probation to two years in prison. 

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22 comments
KPASA
KPASA

"Aboutta Spray Aerosol Paint Kidgaf"

Marcades18
Marcades18

Do anyone know when he is released?

Guzman11293
Guzman11293

I love you shaggy... LuShag All day!!! I'm praying for you !!!

Quickatthedraw
Quickatthedraw

....You should not believe everything you hear on the news do you really believe a man facing prison time will admit to shit on top of it  sheriff dept in az are known LIARS AND FAKE FUNKERS WHO MAKE SHIT UP !  ..the skunk prosecutors need to make noise and look good doing something since they don't have anything better to do then to chase a tagger....WOW I feel safe now a tagger is off the streets ...now i can sleep good at night ....knowing my children are safe and sound from spray can paint ... make him paint walls and fix old peoples houses  ...Lol ....Def blind and dumb ....the news uplifts shit to get dumb ass individuals like yourself ...worked up ....JUDGE AND U SHALL BE JUDGED ! there are far wost criminals out there that should be seek and found then worrying about cluttering the jails with a tagger ...4REAL ? ..IDIOT az is run as private prisons and gets 15k for every one they lock up dumb ass the judges and prosecutors  wait your a beer drinker  your next idiot  !   Goes to show the priority's of the wrenched ass SWINES in AZ and those talking shit on this kid ...u washed minded ass skunk look in there mirror u don't come without sin so shut yo DAM MOUTH ...wash your own stink before you condemn someone else ..

ULTRARIZONA
ULTRARIZONA

FREE "SH@G" FREEE SHAG MUTHAFUCKIN ONE..

Partychic92
Partychic92

FREEEE SHAG ONE.... I GOT YOUR BACK BRO.. ..

FEELMEORKILLME187
FEELMEORKILLME187

FREE MY BROTHER SHAG!! FUCK ALL YOU BITCH ASS FAGGETS TALKIN SHIT COME SEE ME AND GET YUR FACE PUT IN THE MUD U PUNK MOTERFUCKERS!!

Freeshag
Freeshag

Fuck this bs shagg is tight its sad because ppl are making a big deal about that and theres rapists and murders out there WACK!!

Goingbacktomybeernow
Goingbacktomybeernow

Fuck this little asshole - I'm so sick of this crap everywhere. It's not art!!!

restitutiontouscitizensfirst
restitutiontouscitizensfirst

Wow - commenters have some things to say but presented thusly prove to be best enemies to shag and graffiti artists in general.  Thanks but no thanks for this kind of support.  Drop the verbal assault tactics and get a chance to be heard.

bigriggs
bigriggs

Now this is a well thought out, educated, articulate response.....

Bobby
Bobby

Graffiti is a higher form of art, like taking a crap on your neighbors lawn, huh?

Nunya
Nunya

Fuck off you dumb ass bitch, just cus hes a graffiti tagger, does not mean he doesnt have morals or make him a bad person. This "asshole" is my homie, say something again and you'll see same reall damage@d40151f70b2f1a2dc66af76677d0f2d3:disqus thank you.

bigriggs
bigriggs

Thank you. Have a nice day.

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