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Diner owner may have thwarted another Obama mural attack

Dale Lezo, Houston Chronicle
Updated 5:36 pm, Tuesday, February 19, 2013

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The owner of the Breakfast Klub on Sunday night may have stopped a possible vandal from damaging the much-defaced mural of President Barack Obama on the restaurant's storage building on the southern edge of Midtown.

Officers were dispatched about 7:45 p.m. to 3710 Travis near West Alabama after Marcus Davis called authorities saying he had spotted a man carrying an open can of paint near his restaurant, said Kese Smith, a spokesman for the Houston Police Department.

Smith said Davis detained the man until officers arrived.

Officers investigated the case and contacted the Harris County District Attorney's Office. The man was not taken into custody and no charges were filed because no crime had been committed, Smith said.

Davis could not be reached for comment.

The mural paying tribute to Obama, the nation's 44th president, has been vandalized more than once, most recently in late January when black and red paint was splashed across the 10-foot image. The mural was redesigned and repainted in February.

Previously, the mural had been defaced in October, after which it was also redesigned and repainted.

The mural, originally unveiled during the 2008 presidential campaign, has been a symbol of hope for Obama supporters.

The mural project was done at the request of state Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston. It was completed without pay by local artists Reginald Adams, GONZO247, Mr. Bristle and Christian Azul.

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