Artist Arrested in Chick-fil-A 'Hate' Vandalism Case

Police in Southern California also reportedly are looking for an accomplice in the incident.

The gay artist who publicly took responsbility for painting "Tastes Like Hate" graffiti on a Chick-fil-A restaurant in Southern California has been arrested, according to media reports.

The Los Angeles Times reported that Manuel Castro, 30, was arrested on suspicion of vandalism Wednesday, Aug. 8, in West Hollywood.

-- Do you agree with this artist's method of protesting the Chick-fil-A corporate view of marriage? Tell us in the comments below.

Police are also looking for a second person who may have played a role in the incident, the Times reported.

The graffiti — accompanied by a representation of a cow holding a paint brush — appeared during a week of demonstrations at Chick-fil-A restaurants nationwide. The demonstrations were sparked by company President Dan Cathy's public affirmation of the so-called biblical definition of marriage.

Discovered about Friday, Aug. 3, at the Southern California restaurant, the vandalism coincided with "National Same-Sex Kiss Day," when gay rights supporters asked couples to take photos of themselves kissing at Chick-fil-A locations.

Castro took credit for the graffiti in an interview with the Huffington Post.

The Times reported that investigators were aware of Castro's comments and worked to independently identify him as their suspect. Using "numerous items of evidence" discovered at the scene as well as information gathered during their investigation, detectives consulted with the Los Angeles district attorney's office before arresting Castro.

A day before he was taken into custody, Castro made another statement to the Huffington Post, telling his critics the act was "meant to further a discussion about tolerance and acceptance."

The national demonstration days also were observed at Chick-fil-A restaurants in Gwinnett. The Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day on Aug. 1 helped the company to record sales.

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rick August 13, 2012 at 07:57 PM
Sarah Bakhtiari August 14, 2012 at 12:14 PM
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Joe M August 14, 2012 at 02:46 PM
The owner of Chick-Fil-a is Just as entitled to his personal opinion as anyone else! But! No one is "entitled" to deface the property of others because he dislikes something they said. Gay supporters who do such things are simply not thinking clearly.
LoFlyer August 14, 2012 at 03:30 PM
This all about the so-called "tolorent" gay lefties attempting to intimitade a citizen out of their first ammendment rights of free speech. I suspect there might also be leftist anti-capitalist issue also similar to the "ocupiers" movement. Bottom line is Chick-filet is about the best in the business at what they do, holds "family" family values and never discriminated against gays. How infuriating for a lefty!
Fred Summers August 14, 2012 at 03:55 PM
Isn't it ironic that without belief in the biblical definition of marrage, the gay community will just fade away? Companies are founded based on an owners beliefs and ideas. I am thankful for the ability in a "diverse" society to be one of the believers in Christ.


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