Arrest Made in Vandalism on Muni Bus After Giants Victory

By: Brian Shields - Wed, 31 Oct 2012 01:45:48 -0800

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) -- A 22-year old San Francisco man is facing felony charges for allegedly using a barricade to smash in the front of a $1 million Muni bus on Market Street in the hours after the Giants won the World Series.

San Francisco police officers arrested Gregory Tyler Graniss Tuesday evening on two felony charges of vandalism and injuring or destroying a passenger transit vehicle.

Pictures showing the destruction of the bus which was located at Market and Third Streets swept across the Internet and social media platforms.  Investigators say they received a large number of tips in connection with the case.

“This was a senseless act of destruction and there is no tolerance for such criminal behavior in San Francisco,” Police Chief Greg Suhr said in a written statement.  “With assistance from the public, investigators moved swiftly to identify this suspect and make an arrest. Investigators are also working tirelessly to identify those responsible for setting the bus on fire and to bring them to justice.”

Investigators say they have physical evidence tying Graniss to the alleged crimes but aren't saying what that may be.  They're also still asking for more information from anyone in the public who knows about the incident.

Bonfires and vandalism targeting vehicles and businesses happened across San Francisco in the hours after the Giants clinched the team's second World Series title in three years.  However it was the photo of the Muni bus that became a symbol for the inappropriate response to the team's victory.

Earlier Tuesday, prosecutors announced charges against nine other people in connection with Sunday's night's activities.  As many as 20 other cases are still expected to be brought.

Felony vandalism carries a potential sentence of three years in prison and $50,000 in fines.  Injuring or destroying a passenger transit vehicle carries a sentence of a year and the same amount in fines.

Stay tuned to KRON 4 and for the latest on this developing story.

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