Grohl Alley in Warren defaced by vandals

WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) — One vandal in Warren picked the wrong wall to spray paint.

That’s the message retired Police Sergeant Joe O’Grady has for whoever made a mess out of the Grohl Alley artwork this weekend.

The Alley serves as a backdrop for local music festival FuzzFest and honors Nirvana drummer and Foo Fighters founder Dave Grohl.

When Joe O’Grady’s phone rang early Saturday morning, the news on the other end was something he’d expected for some time. Grohl Alley, a project O’Grady had made happen, had been vandalized.

“We always knew that we were going to get something like this that was going to take place. It’s kind of like a West Coast earthquake. How big and how bad, we just don’t know when it is going to happen,” said O’Grady.

Someone, likely an angry teen O’Grady thinks, had spray painted the alley of artwork honoring Grammy-winning musician and Warren native Dave Grohl. Grohl was the drummer for Nirvana and founded the Foo Fighters.

“I said how bad and he said it’s pretty bad,” said O’Grady.

Nearly every surface had some sort of vandalism, but O’Grady says the whole crime was caught on tape.

“There’s some good video of this taking place, so I am very happy about that. Now it is just a matter of us doing our homework,” O’Grady said.

And when the vandal is caught, O’Grady says he’s not going to like his punishment.

“We’re going to make the punishment fit the crime on this one. We’re going to think of something very unique for this individual. If he needs attention, we are going to give him attention,” O’Grady said.

O’Grady said he hasn’t contacted Grohl yet to tell him about the vandalism, but when he does, he thinks Grohl will have a similar response.

“I will be and i’m sure Dave will say the say thing that I say. We’re going to find a unique punishment,” said O’Grady.

In the meantime, O’Grady and other city leaders plan to get with the artists and figure out the best way to restore their works.

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