Graffiti spree at 16 locations leads to charges against Hamilton man


Published July 28, 2022 at 1:04 pm

A 25-year-old Hamilton man has been arrested after several locations in the city were spray-painted with graffiti.

The police say an accused man was observed “tagging” 16 locations in a span of 20 minutes around 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday (July 27) in the downtown area of Sherman Ave. and Main Street East. The same tag — “Ducer” — was affixed to bus shelters, buildings and utility poles.

Officers from the Hamilton Police (HPS) were called to Main St. E. and, per a media release, “noticed a male fitting the description (of the suspect) walking. The male saw police and fled. Police pursued the suspect and he was placed under arrest for mischief under $5,000. During the search police located evidence consistent with mischief in his possession.”

The man faces three counts of mischief under $5,000 and one count of failure to comply with probation.

The HPS did not release the name of the accused. It usually withholds it when the accused has yet to make a court appearance in response to the charges.

The police force advises businesses and property owners to remove graffiti “as soon as possible. The quick removal of graffiti is the most effective means to prevent further acts of vandalism.”

Residents who witnesses an act of graffiti in progress should call 9-1-1. Anyone wishing to provide anonymous information about an active graffiti vandal or graffiti crime should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

As for existing graffiti, respondents can call the city (905-546-2489) or fill out a form at

The police advise people to, “Please be as specific as possible in the location and description of the graffiti. Incidents of graffiti will be prioritized and ones that are considered harmful to the community will be immediately removed.”

Property owners are responsible for removing graffiti from their own property as per City By-law.

(Cover photo via HPS.)

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