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Pair Facing State Jail Felony Charges Stemming from Graffiti on Iconic Enchanted Rock

ent--article_ _media__contact">Media Contact: Steve Lightfoot, TPWD, 512-389-4701, steve.lightfoot@tpwd.texas.gov; Trey Hatt, City of San Marcos, 512-393-8242, ghatt@sanmarcostx.gov

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SAN MARCOS, Texas – Law enforcement officials from the State Park Police, Texas Game Wardens and San Marcos Police Department Wednesday arrested two individuals in connection with defacing of the iconic Enchanted Rock. National media attention surrounding an image in a Facebook post showing two individuals standing near the vandalized Texas natural landmark helped lead state and local investigators to an arrest on several violations, including state jail felony graffiti and drug-related charges.

Charles Agawereh, 24, and Meredith Baird, 21, both of San Marcos, have been taken into custody and booked into the Hays County Jail. The pair is accused of painting graffiti on the south face of the summit at Enchanted Rock State Park near Fredericksburg. The massive pink granite dome rising above Central Texas has drawn people for thousands of years.

The incident occurred March 20 and a photograph of the suspects standing in front of the graffiti placed on social media eventually led to information identifying both individuals.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department law enforcement officials, including State Park Police and State Game Wardens from the Criminal Investigations Division and Tactical Operations K9 Unit and Scout Team, worked in conjunction with San Marcos Police Department and the Hays County Narcotics Task Force on the investigation.

Additional charges are pending as a result the arrest and search warrant execution.

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