Man accused in Picasso vandalism to be in court

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Associated Press

Posted on January 16, 2013 at 9:48 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 16 at 10:05 AM

HOUSTON (AP) — A man accused of vandalizing a 1929 Pablo Picasso painting in an act caught on cellphone video is to be in court for the first time since surrendering to U.S. marshals last week at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Uriel Landeros is to appear Wednesday before a federal judge in Houston.

The 22-year-old faces felony graffiti and criminal mischief charges accusing him of spray-painting "Woman in a Red Armchair" at the Menil Collection in Houston.

The painting was damaged June 13 in an act caught in a 24-second video taken by a bystander and posted on YouTube. The vandal left behind an image of a bullfighter, a bull and the word "conquista," the Spanish word for conquest.

A Menil spokesman says the painting's restoration has been successful and is nearly complete.

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