SLO man arrested after allegedly spraying graffiti on wall

A 24-year-old San Luis Obispo resident was arrested early Friday morning after police said he was vandalizing a wall behind a Taco Bell restaurant with spray paint.

Police received a call about 1 a.m. from someone who heard the sound of an aerosol paint can and smelled paint while he was standing in the Taco Bell parking lot in the 1000 block of Olive Street.

Another man was seen with the 24-year-old, but he ran away when he saw the officer. Police searched the area but were not able to locate him; it was too dark to get a description but police said he had a backpack and a skateboard.

The 24-year-old also had a skateboard and backpack with him, the latter containing numerous aerosol cans and other graffiti tools, police said. He told the officers he did not know the identity of the second man.

The 24-year-old was arrested on suspicion of vandalism and booked at county jail; he is not currently in custody. The Tribune is not identifying him because he was arrested on suspicion of a misdemeanor.

Police are asking anyone with information on the identity of the second man to call the police department at 781-7317 or San Luis Obispo County Crime Stoppers at 549-7867.