Police seek prolific Anchorage graffiti 'tagger'

Casey Grove
Three identical "TEKER" graffiti tags mar various sides of the bus stop on Northway Drive Wednesday, June 27, 2013 at Penland Parkway. Police have obtained a warrant for Adrian Corral on 37 counts of Criminal Mischief, including 5 class C Felonies.
Erik Hill
Adrian Corral is linked to graffiti around town and police have obtained a warrant for Corral on 37 counts of Criminal Mischief, including 5 class C Felonies.
courtesy Anchorage Police Depart

An alleged Anchorage vandal is wanted by police for painting his tag, "Teker," all over the city, causing more than $10,000 in property damage, according to charges filed this week.

After a nearly year-long graffiti investigation, police announced late Wednesday they have an arrest warrant for 24-year-old Adrian Corral. He faces five felony counts of criminal mischief and 32 misdemeanor counts.

Patrol Officer Sean Keating wrote in the charging document that he had seen an increase of graffiti in Anchorage during the past year. The painted word appearing "over and over" since the investigation began in August 2012 was "Teker," Keating wrote.

"I have seen these tags on homes, businesses, street signs and many other surfaces, primarily on the east side of Anchorage and downtown area," Keating wrote. "They vary in size from four by 12 inches to a whole side of a semi truck trailer."

There had been 56 documented cases of the same tag done with spray paint, permanent marker or other types of paint, Keating said in the charges.

On June 17, police officers found Corral sleeping in a park. A police spokeswoman said he was intoxicated and passed out. Corral was wearing a red shirt with iron-on patches spelling out the word "Teker," the charges say.

"Being familiar with Officer Keating's investigation and the prevalence of 'Teker' tags seen around town, the officers asked Corral about his shirt and mentioned that the name had been attached to a number of vandalisms in the area," Dani Myren, the police spokeswoman, said in a written statement.

Corral's answers to their questions "raised some suspicions," Myren said, and the officers told Keating about the encounter. So Keating took a look at Corral's publicly viewable Facebook page, the charges say.

"Corral has multiple pictures of graffiti to include him holding a spray paint can to the sky and a photo-shopped 'Teker' tag above it," Keating wrote.

Keating's investigation led to an arrest warrant for Corral on Monday. Corral's Facebook page, still open for public viewing Wednesday, had vanished by Thursday.

Police describe Corral as about 5 feet, 9 inches tall and 135 pounds, with short brown hair and brown eyes. Myren asked that anyone with information as to Corral's whereabouts call police at 786-8900 or, to deliver a tip anonymously, call 561-STOP or visit www.anchoragecrimestoppers.com.

Reach Casey Grove at casey.grove@adn.com or 257-4589.