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Man Carves Name into Alamo, Causes About $250K in Damage

Impacting Travel | Michael Isenbek | September 05, 2015

Man Carves Name into Alamo, Causes About $250K in Damage

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Hasn’t Ozzy Osbourne done enough? While the Prince of Darkness is notorious for relieving himself on the Alamo, Julio Perez, 22, faces serious charges for actually carving into a wall of the revered San Antonio, TX monument, KSAT reported.

As per a statement by Mark Adkins, chief of the Alamo Rangers posted on the official Alamo website, late Thursday afternoon, Perez was seen by an Alamo Tour Guide in a room known as the Monks' Burial Room located in the Alamo Church, “desecrating the wall using a car key.” Confronted by the guide, Perez tried to flee, but detained by Alamo Rangers until the San Antonio Police Department arrived to take him into custody.

Police told KSAT the carving was a three- by one-inch rendering of the suspect’s first name. SAPD spokesperson Sgt. Javier Salazar told the station, "The material that he was etching it into is, of course, of historical value. And the dollar value of (the damage) was in excess of $250,000.”

KSAT said since the dollar amount of the damage is so high — over $150,000 — Perez faces a felony criminal mischief charge.

A visitor who spoke with KSAT had strong words regarding the vandalism: "I think it's horrible. Absolutely horrible," said Debra Blanchette, who traveled from Phoenix. "I think it's appalling. This place has been here for many, many years. What's the point?"

The damaged area has been closed to the public Adkins told KSAT, and added that historic preservation and restoration experts will look at the damage explore repair options.

“In Texas, we take our history seriously and consider the Alamo to be sacred ground,” Adkins said in his website statement. “Desecration of any part of these hallowed grounds, especially the walls of the Alamo Chapel, will not be tolerated, and we will support prosecution to the fullest extent of the law.”

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