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Police: Graffiti artist known as 'Super' arrested

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David Cox is accused of spray painting "Super" on apartment buildings (Credit: Police) David Cox is accused of spray painting "Super" on apartment buildings (Credit: Police)

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – A St. Louis graffiti artist has been arrested and is facing multiple charges, according to police.

David Cox, 33, of the 2600 block of South Compton Avenue, is the artist who also goes by the name “Super,” police said.

Cox is accused of vandalizing an apartment building in the 400 block of North tucker on Christmas Eve. He allegedly spray painted the word “Super” on the side of the building, causing $750 worth of damage. 

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According to officials, the building manager found spray paint cans and a Walmart receipt inside the building where the vandalism took place. Authorities said video surveillance showed the suspect leaving the Walmart after the purchase was made.

Cox is also accused of spray painting “Super” on an apartment building in the 300 block of North Memorial Drive on March 24, causing $750 of damage. Surveillance video showed Cox’s truck at the scene of the vandalism, police said.

When police located Cox on April 5 he attempted to flee from them by speeding through numerous stop signs and driving into oncoming traffic, according to the probable cause statement.

The probable cause statement also alleges Cox, who was convicted for felony theft of a credit card in 2012, was in possession of a semi-automatic pistol at the time of his arrest.

Cox is charged with possession of a firearm, resisting arrest and two counts of first-degree property damage. He is being held in jail on a $35,000 bond.

In September 2015, MoDOT engineer Michelle Voegele said vandals spray painted exterior walls of the Millennium Hotel, Busch Stadium and the Poplar Street Bridge following "Paint Louis," an annual art event with graffiti artists who gather to paint the flood wall in St. Louis. Event organizer John Harrington said vandals took to putting graffiti on other structures in the area because they were upset they were not on the "main wall." 

"It's one of the number one complaints I get as alderman, is graffiti," said Ward 7 Alderman Jack Coatar. "It drives me crazy, for many people visiting St. Louis it's one of the first things they see, is graffiti. 

MoDOT engineers said they have spent $20,000 and over 550 hours cleaning up graffiti in the St. Louis area. 

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