Man Accused Of Vandalizing Picasso Extradited To Houston

By: CICELY MITCHELL

HOUSTON (CBS Houston) A man accused of vandalizing a Picasso painting was in Houston to face charges of graffiti and criminal mischief.

Uriel Landeros who was on the run from authorities for nearly seven months, turned himself in at the Hidalgo Port of Entry after crossing the border from Mexico into the United States on January 8.

Landeros allegedly defaced the Picasso painting back on June 13 of 2012 and spray painted a stenciled image of a bull, a matador, and the Spanish word “CONQUISTA,” onto Picasso’s “Woman in a Red Armchair” painting. The painting was part of an art exhibit at the at the Menil Collection.

Landeros said he vandalized the painting to bring attention to the corruption and discord among banks, government structures and other institutions located in the United States and Mexico.

Landeros’ alleged act of vandalism was caught on video and posted on youtube.com .

Twenty-two-year-old Landeros was transferred from Hidalgo County Sunday. He could face a Houston judge as early as this week. If convicted of the charges he faces, Landeros could be sentenced to two to 10 years in prison. His bond has been set at $250,000 for each count.

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