Texas man Julio Perez was arrested on Sept. 4 after allegedly carving his name into the Monks’ Burial Room of the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas.
Perez was apparently using a car key to scratch his name into the wall when a guide at the historical site caught him. When she told him to stop, Perez fled the scene, reports Daily Mail.
Perez was later detained by Alamo Rangers before he could leave the property. He was then arrested by San Antonio Police Department officers, held overnight and charged.
“In Texas we take our history very seriously and consider the Alamo to be sacred ground,” Alamo Rangers Chief Mark Adkins said. “Desecration of any part of these hallowed grounds, especially the walls of the Alamo Chapel, will not be tolerated and we will support prosecution to the furthest extent of the law.”
Currently, preservation experts are evaluating the damage to the wall, where the name "Julio" was carved, which is approximately 3 inches by 1 inch. The cost to repair the damage may be more than $250,000, reports KSAT.
“Many Texans died here fighting for the Independence of Texas,” Adkins said. “We don’t take it lightly when someone comes and desecrates this area.”i
Others have been accused of ruining the historical site in the past. One of the most notable incidents occurred when rocker Ozzy Osbourne visited the site in 1982 and urinated on the property. Following the event, he was banned from playing in San Antonio for a decade.