Popular Austin mural vandalized

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by JESSICA HOLLOWAY / KVUE News and photojournalist SCOTT MCKENNEY

kvue.com

Posted on December 26, 2013 at 12:15 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 26 at 7:06 PM

AUSTIN -- An Austin woman is facing charges for vandalizing a popular mural near the UT campus.

The black spray paint remains on the wall Thursday.

According to Austin police, on Christmas Eve, officers saw 32-year-old Rebecca Guest painting obscenities on the "Hi, how are you?" mural on 21st Street near Guadalupe Street.

When confronted, Guest told police she believed the mural was meant to personally insult her and that covering the mural would force the building's owner to remove it.

Police said she also had plans to spray paint other murals around Austin.

The building's manager said it will cost between $500 and $1,000 to fix the mural.

Guest is charged with misdemeanor graffiti writing.

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