Minot man accused of being graffiti vandal “KEEZY’

A 25-year-old Minot man is accused of spray painting obscene graffiti critical of the police at different locations in Minot in November 2017.

Kevin Marcel Conti is charged in district court in Minot with criminal mischief, a Class C felony.

According to the probable cause affidavit filed with the court, Minot police investigated multiple incidents of graffiti on downtown parking garages and other buildings last fall. On Nov. 2, 2017, they found a “tag” of a man holding a sign saying “kiddie porn” signed by someone called KEEZY. The graffiti was critical of a man who works at the temporary employment agency Command Center. On Nov. 10, 2017, police found multiple graffiti tags in downtown Minot by KEEZY, many obscene drawings that are critical of the Minot Police Department. In one of the tags, “KEEZY’ writes that he is from California and doesn’t have a job. A representative from Command Center later told police that Conti had worked there but was fired and that Conti is from California.

On Nov. 18, 2017, Conti was arrested by police on an unrelated charge of unlawful use of license plates. An officer asked him what he knew about the graffiti on the parking garages in downtown Minot. Conti said he knew who was doing it, but didn’t want to snitch. He offered the opinion that the graffiti artist “was probably mad at the city for spending money on the parking garages rather than spending money on river levies.” Conti drew a picture while he was in the lobby of the police department and left it behind. The picture was an obscene image and included the words “I was going to arrest you & then take you to the PD so you can freeze your a– off walking back.” The picture and note was signed KEEZY. Surveillance video at the police station shows Conti drawing the picture and leaving the paper behind and then leaving.

On Nov. 21, 2017 North Hill Bowl reported graffiti. The tag depicted a man and a pig and the acronym “FTP,” believed to translate to an expletive message aimed at police. Surveillance video showed a man spray painting the building. The man’s face is not visible on the video, but an officer noted that the man’s clothing and walk looked like Conti.

On Nov. 26, 2017, HiShine Carwash reported graffiti. “FTP” had been spray painted on one of the windows. Another tag reads “Every arrest generates $.”

The cost of removing the graffiti at the downtown parking garages, North Hill Bowl and HiShine Carwash was estimated at a combined $3,074, according to the affidavit.

– Andrea Johnson