MRT Graffiti Vandals Identified as Spanish

Three men who defaced an MRT train in Kaohsiung last week have been identified as Spanish visitors who have already left the country. The trio are also suspects in two graffiti attacks on Taipei Metro trains.

In the early hours of the morning last Thursday, April 12, three men wearing hooded jackets and masks entered an MRT depot in Kaohsiung City and spray-painted two MRT cars.

Police investigators eventually traced the movements of the men using CCTV and traffic monitor footage. Eventually, when reaching a hotel, the men removed their jackets and masks, allowing police to identify them as foreigners.

According to the investigation, the men had entered the country at Taipei-Taoyuan International Airport on April 5, and left the country on April 14 via the same airport on a flight to Hong Kong. The men are described as around 30 years-old, and were traveling with a 28 year-old woman also from Spain.

Police believe the trio may also be responsible for graffiti attacks on Taipei Metro trains at MRT depots in Luzhou on April 6, and Beitou, April 8. Police said the graffiti styles were similar, but they have no direct evidence.

graffiti on trains in Kaohsiung and Taipei
The photo lower right is a train in Beitou, Taipei City, while the other three pictures are from Kaohsiung.
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