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.