On February 5, 2018, citizens observed a male spray painting the Stevie Ray Vaughan statue along Auditorium Shores as well as placing a Philadelphia Eagles jersey over the monument.
Witnesses obtained the license plate of the suspect vehicle and called 9-1-1. Austin Police Park Officers responded, quickly conducted an on scene investigation and tracked the suspect down at his house, based off if information provided by the witnesses.
APD Detectives worked with our partners in the Parks and Recreations Department to establish the cost to the City of Austin to repair the damages.
APD Detectives obtained a Warrant for Arrest, charging the suspect with Class B Misdemeanor, Graffiti. The APD Parks Police executed the warrant on Friday, February 9, 2018, and transported the suspect to the Travis County Jail for criminal processing.
Matthew Rutledge, 39, is currently in custody in the Travis County Jail.
APD would like to thank the citizens who provided information to police, Austin Parks and Recreation Department, Park Police and Region 1 Detectives for their combined efforts. Thanks to the combined assistance of all involved parties, this case was resolved quickly.
Rutledge's booking photo and photos of the graffiti are below:
Communications and Public Information Office
301 W. 2nd Street, Austin, TX 78701