Man charged with vandalizing 1929 Picasso at Houston museum to remain jailed on $500,000 bonds

This photo provided by the Harris County, Texas, Sheriff's Department shows Uriel Landeros. Landeros, accused of vandalizing a 1929 Pablo Picasso painting in Texas, was ordered jailed on bonds totaling $500,000 Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013 after a Houston judge said he is a flight risk. Landeros fled Texas after spray painting the Picasso, an act caught on cellphone video, and surrendered to authorities last week at the U.S.-Mexico border. (AP Photo/Harris County Sheriff)

HOUSTON - A man accused of vandalizing a 1929 Pablo Picasso painting in Texas, in an act caught on cellphone video, has been ordered jailed on $500,000 bonds.

Uriel Landeros fled to Mexico after he was accused of spray-painting "Woman in a Red Armchair" at Houston's the Menil (muh-NEEL') Collection on June 13. He surrendered last week at the U.S.-Mexico border.

A state judge in Houston agreed with prosecutors Wednesday that Landeros is a flight risk.

Landeros faces felony graffiti and criminal mischief charges. The 22-year-old said little during the brief court hearing.

The vandalism was caught on video and posted on YouTube. The vandal left behind an image of a bullfighter, a bull and the word "conquista," which means "conquest" in Spanish.


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