Photo by Adam Rakhamim

Photo by Adam Rakhamim

Officers from Bensonhurst’s 62nd Precinct apprehended the man they believe to be behind the series of Abraham Lincoln graffiti that has spread across Southern Brooklyn neighborhoods, the Home Reporter reports.

“The men and women of the 62nd Precinct should be commended for a job well done,” said Community Board 11 (CB 11) District Manager Marnee Elias-Pavia told the Bay Ridge newspaper. “Graffiti is a blight on our neighborhood and it will not be tolerated.”

The suspect, a 24-year-old man, is accused of using stencils and spray paint to put the legendary president’s face on public and private property along a broad swath of Brooklyn. The images can be seen at almost every Belt Parkway overpass and subway easement, as well as on the sides of many businesses, from Mill Basin to Bay Ridge.

According to the paper, this is how the bust went down:

The suspect, wanted for illegally leaving his mark in the form of Honest Abe’s face on walls across the borough, was pulled over in a traffic stop on Friday, January 17 after failing to signal at Dahill Road and 65th Street. Cops said that the suspect, identified as 24-year-old Vladimir Bubnov, was driving with a suspended license and immediately arrested.

Upon investigation, according to police, responding officers uncovered five graffiti stencils and seven cans of spray paint in the suspect’s vehicle.

“He has been charged in four incidents, so far,” said NYPD spokesperson James Duffy.

Police announced that they were hunting the suspect during the January 9 meeting of Community Board 11. They claimed they were “closing in” on the person, who they described as a “male Hispanic wearing a blue hard hat and an orange vest with silver reflective stripes,” a description that appears to be off the mark.

The artist is believed to go by the street name AINAC, or Art Is Not A Crime, who has also spray painted the faces of fictional broadcaster Ron Burgundy andPresident Barack Obama. He may also be the person responsible for the “All you need is love” tag that is nearly as ubiquitous as the Lincoln image.

Update (July 28, 2014): Or not. The charges against the arrested were dismissed.

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  • M

    Aw man, I love that guy. His art is one of my favorite things to see in the neighborhood.

  • Fred

    Loved him too. Got a kick out of seeing Abe around. I’m surprised that NYPD would dedicate any man power to catching him when there are muggers and violent criminals on the loose.

    • ArnietheK

      I’m wondering if you’d love this guy as much if he defaced your home or business.

      • Abe Lincoln

        He never did it on private homes

        • ArnietheK

          I get it now. It’s okay to deface private property as long as it isn’t a home.

      • M

        For what it’s worth, I absolutely wouldn’t mind if he did a piece like the above on my building.

        • do you own the building

          Do you own the building that you want graffiti on?
          Or, you rent?
          If you own the building, what is the address. Am sure graffiti artist can paint your establishment.

          • BeachHavenWest

            Beach Haven Apts.
            577 Ave Z
            Ask for Jeff, Principal and Managing Director

            AINAC is welcome to beautify my property any time he wants. If you’re out there, pls get in touch.

            Any other artists interested in an ORGANIZED display, you too are welcome.

            JP

  • http://incrediblewordcrap.com/ Phil Rosenthal

    i like his stuff too but not signaling while driving around with a suspended license WITH your gear in your car? its stupid doing just one of those things but all three at once? sheesh, he set it up on a tee for them.

  • Murry

    We can all rest easier now.

  • bruce b

    Just because someone likes this guy’s art, just because he’s good, doesn’t give him a blank check to do this stuff on public property. Imagine if 100 more like him start doing it now, because “it looks good”.

    • http://incrediblewordcrap.com/ Phil Rosenthal

      yes, i shudder to think at what interesting art on otherwise boring public spaces would look like, the horror

  • ggguestyall

    I remember a writer C3 that did stencils of pee wee herman and other celebs all over south brooklyn,he was posted on this site also but I can’t find it,I don’t mind that kind of art popping up around the area.I still walk down shore rd to his elvis paintings on lamp posts.I was hoping this was a C3 comeback but I no the C stands for his first name…anyway,I like this type of street art

    • Guy

      Nice to know you don’t mind. Nobody asked you.

  • Boe Jangles

    CASE CLOSED YOU GUYS! WE GOT A GUY WITH PAINT AND STENCILS! OPEN AND SHUT CASE JOHNSON, GOOD WORK.

    this is like finding a guy with a knife in his car and finally closing the book on all those stabbings that happen in the park last year.

    • Uyg

      Dude it’s him, stop being difficult.

      • Subway Stinker

        Absolutely him. Trial, then Gulag. I despise Grafftti. If you aren’t sure, watch movies or news film from the 1980s subways. Ugh. The Limousine Liberals called it Art, I called it Fart.

  • Merocity

    Art won’t stop it will continue if this offended you then fuck you, I rather be arguing on taxes rent increased and higher tolls and most of all these fucking corrupted police dept and corrupted officials what a bunch of fucking losers you all are period. Just like what the system likes bunch of slaves.

  • A CONCERNED CITIZEN

    THAT’S the graffiti people are upset about? A picture of Abraham Lincoln? NOT THE STUPID GRAFFITI/”TAGS” OF STUPID TEENAGERS/PRE-TEENS/TWENTY-SOMETHINGS WHO HAVE BEEN TRYING TO DESTROY THE QUALITY OF LIFE IN THIS CITY FOR DECADES NOW????????????????? AND WHOM WE ARE UNABLE TO STOP, FOR SOME STRANGE REASON WHICH ELUDES ME? ETHNICITY OF THE PERPS, PERHAPS????????????????