Police catch graffiti suspects red-handed - WKRN News 2

Police catch graffiti suspects red-handed

Metro police arrested three men suspected of vandalizing a building overnight.

Officers surrounded the building south of downtown as the men hid on its roof.

The building is a storage warehouse on 8th Avenue South near Archer Street.

Officers responded to the scene before 6 a.m. Tuesday morning.

They say they received a call from someone reporting that several people were spray-painting graffiti on the roof of the building.

Police say the suspects on the roof ran off when they arrived, and they were unsure whether the suspects were still on the roof or inside the building.

A police K-9 unit was brought to the scene to aid officers in their search.

News 2 was able to assist police in their search by using the camera on top of its News 2 live van to show officers where the suspects on the roof were hiding.

Police surrounded the building and waited for the suspects to come down from the roof in order to arrest them. 

The two men on the roof finally came down and were arrested around 7:30 a.m. without incident.

Another suspect found hiding in a bathroom inside the building was also arrested.

Charges against the men are pending at this time.

A police dog suffered several cuts while searching inside the building and will need stitches.

No other injuries were reported.

The owner, who says she is trying to sell the building, was also at the scene Tuesday morning.

She said that the damage to the building is significant.

Stay tuned to News 2 at 4 for the latest information on this developing story.

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