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Both crimes carry a maximum penalty of a five-year sentence, a ,000 fine, or both.
The message was clear: “Fuck White Art.” Those were the words anonymously spray-painted on the roll-up gate of Nicodim Gallery in Boyle Heights this past October, a sign of the growing tension between galleries and anti-gentrification activists in this predominantly Latino neighborhood.
When she turned to look, the charges say, Pendzimas was making direct eye contact, and pulled up his shirt to reveal he was stroking his penis. Several other witnesses also reported seeing Pendzimas masturbating in the Miracle of Birth Center, including a State Fair employee who said a "scruffy" white man in his 60s had exposed himself in front of four children under the age of 6.
Pendzimas denied any wrongdoing to police, and said he had "no idea" why he was under arrest.
“I built this space from scratch with no developers. 5,000 condos or five galleries, which is more dangerous?
The Hollenbeck Police Station did not return Hyperallergic’s calls, however police did invite representatives from several galleries to an October meeting, according to an anonymous source who was in attendance.This most recent arrest adds insult to injury, thanks to a vicious description of Pendzimas, issued by the very woman he'd just victimized. " Pendzimas fled, and made it as far as the Coliseum, where police saw someone chasing the accused sex criminal.According to the criminal complaint, a woman was showing her infant son and 4-year-old nephew the chickens hatching inside the Fair's Miracle of Birth Center, when she felt a hand reach into her shorts and squeeze her butt "in a cupping motion." She generously figured this was an accident. A cop apprehended Pendzimas and returned him to the Miracle of Birth Center, where his victim was already in contact with authorities, and said she could identify the man who'd groped her.At this meeting, Police Chief Rick Stabile allegedly announced plans to set up surveillance cameras in the area, as well as his intention to investigate this act of vandalism as a hate crime.Members of BHAAAD, Defend Boyle Heights, or other anti-gentrification groups were not present.
“It’s not an easy conclusion that the hate crimes statute would apply to graffiti on an art gallery where the graffiti refers to the art.