Statement from City Council President Pro Tempore Michael Correia Regarding the Arrest of a Neighborhood Vandal:
The Providence Police Department has announced that they have arrested a serial vandal who has defaced multiple pieces of public property in the Manton area of Providence. I would like to extend my thanks and congratulations to Captain Fernandes for a job well done, and for his outstanding work in making this arrest. Jesus Ruiz has been arrested on eight misdemeanor counts for graffiti (some of his graffiti can be seen below).
Vandalism will not be tolerated in Ward Six, or anywhere in Providence. I am a fan of “Street Art” when it has been commissioned or the artist has received permission to create art on a specific site. But, there is a difference between that work and vandalism, and we must remember that.
Michael Correia, President Pro Tempore
Providence City Council
Councilman – Ward 6