Cobb man back in jail on more graffiti charges a month after arrest


Cobb man back in jail on more graffiti charges a month after arrest

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Mugshot of William Carswell

A Marietta man is back in jail on graffiti charges a month after he bonded out on similar charges.

As of Friday afternoon, William Carswell was in Cobb County jail without bond on four felony charges of damaging property, jail records show. We was booked on Wednesday.

Carswell was 18 when he was booked into jail on Oct. 5 on 14 felony counts of criminal interference with government property, one felony charge of criminal property damage and a misdemeanor trespassing count.

Marietta police say William Carswell has been spraypainting "WUSHU" around the area. The mugshot is from October. Marietta Police Department

He bonded out three days later for $16,720.

The reason he has two sets of charges is that they come from two different agencies, the first is from Marietta police and the second from Cobb County police.

Marietta police put the word out on Facebook in August that they were looking for someone spray painting graffiti in the Roswell Road area near the borders of jurisdictions of Cobb, Marietta and north Fulton County police.

Marietta police spokesman Charles McPhilamy said Marietta cops got citizen tips that they passed along to Cobb investigators about grafitti incidents in the county’s jurisdiction that matched Carswell’s alleged tagging in the city.

Marietta police said they received a report Sept. 19 of “WUSHU” being carved into a window at Beats Barber Shop, 1476 Roswell Road. 

According to a warrant, Carswell tagged a dozen other places, including under bridges and on several electrical boxes, with variations of “WUSHU.”

He was arrested in May on similar charges for tagging multiple bridges, warrants show.

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