U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Hidalgo International Bridge arrested a man wanted out of Houston, Texas for vandalizing a famous Picasso painting.
The arrest occurred on Tuesday afternoon at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge when Uriel Landeros, age 21, a United States citizen from Edinburg, Texas arrived as a pedestrian and told CBP officers that he was turning himself in. Preliminary queries indicated that Landeros was a possible match to an arrest warrant.
According to the U.S. Marshals Service, Landeros faces an outstanding warrant for allegedly vandalizing a famous Picasso painting at a museum in Houston.
Picasso’s 1929 “Woman in a Red Armchair” was hanging in Houston’s Menil Collection when a witness, who was texting a friend, looked up and saw a man getting unusually close to the painting. Thinking quickly, the witness hit the camera button on his phone and began recording the bizarre and very quick incident.
The unidentified man, later ID as Landeros, managed to spray paint the word “conquista” - Spanish for “conquest” - across Picasso’s work before walking off.
Landeros was arrested and released to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service and subsequently taken to the Hidalgo County Jail where he will wait to be extradited to Houston.