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By: CICELY MITCHELL
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Uriel Landeros
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Uriel Landeros
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HOUSTON (CBS Houston) Uriel Landeros faces charges of graffiti and criminal mischief and up until now was on the run from police.

Landeros turned himself over to authorities on Tuesday afternoon.

According to the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, Landeros surrendered to police at the Hidalgo Port of Entry shortly after crossing the border from Mexico into the United States this week. Landeros’ who faces charges which are third-degree felonies, received advice from his attorney, Emily Detoto to turn himself in.

Twenty-two-year-old Landeros admitted to spray-painting a stencil of a bullfight and the word “conquista” which is a reference to Spanish colonialists, on the Pablo Picasso painting at Houston’s Menil Collection.

Landeros is expected to be extradited to Houston Wednesday night so he can face a judge by the end of the week. His attorney is reportedly planning to ask the judge for a bond; there is a strong chance that he will be denied that bond as Landeros has been a fugitive for several months.

Landeros’ alleged act of vandalism on Picasso’s “Woman in a Red Armchair” painting last June at the Menil Collection was caught on camera and uploaded to YouTube.

View video below of the alleged vandalism incident:

http://youtu.be/dhDgxNsLzgM

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