BY EMILY LANE, NOLA.com
A 45-year-old man faces misdemeanor charges after New Orleans police say he painted the word “cocaine” with white spray paint in several locations on Bourbon Street, while wearing a shirt and a hat also emblazoned with the word “cocaine.”
Crime cameras caught Sean Harrington spray painting the graffiti early on Dec. 3, including on the doors of a historic building in the 400 block of Bourbon, according to a warrant for his arrest.
About 2:20 a.m. that Monday, two 8th District officers on patrol spotted Harrington wearing a shirt with the word “cocaine” spray painted on it. He was also wearing a hat with stickers on it that read “cocaine,” the warrant states. Around the same time, camera footage at the Real Time Crime Center showed Harrington “defacing” the ground on Bourbon Street, which is considered a historic landmark, by writing the word “cocaine.” The officers then walked toward St. Louis Street on Bourbon and saw the word spray painted on the ground at least five times.
They also saw “cocaine” spray painted on the side of the curb, on a city-owned garbage can in the 400 block and on at least two IV Waste LLC garbage receptacles, according to the warrant. A witness also saw a man, later identified as Harrington, spray painting the doors at 418 Bourbon Street, the warrant states.
Officers found Harrington with a can of white spray paint in his possession, states the warrant, sworn by NOPD Officer Shontrell Johnson. NOPD arrested him less than two days later, the morning of Dec. 5.
Harrington, whose address is listed in the 600 block of Race Street in the Lower Garden District, faces two counts of criminal damage to property of a value less than $500 and one count of criminal damage to a historic building or landmark.
Orleans Magistrate Commissioner Jonathan Friedman on Dec. 6 set Harrington’s bond at $500 and appointed the Orleans Public Defender’s Office to represent him while he remained incarcerated, court records show. Jail records indicate Harrington had been released from jail sometime before Thursday (Dec. 13) morning. It was not immediately clear if he had hired an attorney.