Suspects In ‘I Believe In Nashville' Mural Vandalism Surrender

Posted at 1:36 PM, Jul 26, 2017

Two suspects wanted for allegedly vandalizing the popular “I Believe in Nashville” mural in 12South have surrendered to police.

The incident happened overnight Tuesday at the mural located at 2700 12th Avenue South.

It had been painted to say "I Believe in Global Warming," but business owners blacked out the text. The Howell brothers later released a surveillance image of the alleged vandal.

A suspect identified as 20-year-old Brandon Keith Murphy turned himself in on Wednesday. A female suspect has also surrendered to police. Her identity was not known.

Murphy admitted to defacing the mural during an interview. He has been charged with felony vandalism.

Authorities said Murphy worked at a sandwich shop on 12th Avenue South up until Wednesday.

According to the owner of the building where the mural has been depicted, the cost to restore it will be more than $1,000.

Wednesday afternoon, the Howell Brothers, who own the property, released the following statement: 

"We're grateful to everyone who provided information to Metro police and helped resolve this incident quickly. Based on the responses we have received, it's clear how much the I Believe in Nashville mural means to Nashvillians and visitors from all over the world. We're looking forward to seeing everyone in 12South with a newly restored mural soon."

This past March, the mural was hit with tar. The landlord of the building had the tar removed, and the mural repainted by Nashville street artist Adrien Saporiti.

March 25 marked the fifth anniversary of the mural's creation. 

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