Bensonhurst may have seen the last of those mysterious Abe Lincolns.
Following a recent outbreak of what some have scorned as graffiti and others have appreciated as street art, the 62nd Precinct believes it’s caught the graffiti artist responsible for spray painting Abraham Lincoln’s head on private property from Bensonhurst to the Belt Parkway.
“The men and women of the 62nd Precinct should be commended for a job well done,” said Community Board 11 (CB 11) District Manager Marnee Elias-Pavia upon informing this paper the supposed suspect had been apprehended. “Graffiti is a blight on our neighborhood and it will not be tolerated.”
The suspect, wanted for illegally leaving his mark in the form of Honest Abe’s face on walls across the borough, was pulled over in a traffic stop on Friday, January 17 after failing to signal at Dahill Road and 65th Street. Cops said that the suspect, identified as 24-year-old Vladimir Bubnov, was driving with a suspended license and immediately arrested.
Upon investigation, according to police, responding officers uncovered five graffiti stencils and seven cans of spray paint in the suspect’s vehicle.
“He has been charged in four incidents, so far,” said NYPD spokesperson James Duffy.
Bubnov was charged with criminal mischief, making graffiti, possession of a graffiti instrument, aggravated unlicensed operator and illegal signal.
Residents are happy to hear of the artist’s arrest.
“I’m glad that he was caught,” said CB11 board member Laurie Windsor. “It doesn’t matter how beautiful or cute or even in this case, very original – it’s still graffiti and illegal. Besides, we can’t decide what’s art and what’s a piece of work, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. It’s still graffiti.”
Bubnov, a white male, reportedly posted pictures of his work to his Instagram account.
The search for the suspect was announced at a January 9 CB 11 meeting where 62nd Precinct Captain Bill Taylor described the suspect as a “male Hispanic wearing a blue hard hat and an orange vest with silver reflective stripes.”
At the time, Taylor told board members that the precinct was “closing in” on man behind the mark “AINC,” which to CB 11’s understanding, stands for “Art is Not a Crime.”
The Lincoln images are located on walls and under overpasses across Brooklyn, including in Midwood.