At about 4:30 PM on Monday, July 23, 2018, officers assigned to the Boston Police Auto Theft Unit made an on-site arrest of a tagging suspect while conducting an investigation in the area of Commonwealth Avenue and Essex Street in District D-14 (Brighton).
While on patrol, an officer observed a male sitting on the railroad, dangerously close to the edge of the bridge above the Charles River. The officer was aware from his past experience and from information provided to him by detectives that taggers are prevalent in the area of bridges, railroads, and highways in Allston and Brighton. The officer continued to observe the male to ensure that he would not fall into the water and to determine if he was a “tagger.” The officer then observed the male begin to spray paint the railroad tracks before walking further down the tracks to spray paint a second section. The suspect then walked off the tracks toward a path next to Storrow Drive. The officer immediately noticed that the suspect had sprayed a tag on the bridge. The officer was aware that the tagger of this symbol was the subject of an investigation by a Boston Police detective for a similar tag on the newly renovated Longfellow Bridge. At this point, the officer approached the suspect, identified as 22-year-old Brett W. Cullen of Quincy, and placed him under arrest. Cullen will be charged with two counts of Felony Tagging and will be arraigned in Brighton District Court.
The arrest of this tagger marks the second arrest of a major Boston vandal by the BPD Auto Theft Unit in less than a week. On July 16, 2018, officers arrested a 22-year-old male in East Boston by virtue of a default warrant for tagging and three probation violation warrants.