Naugatuck’s graffiti artist arrested


Photo Credit: Naugatuck Patch

Sarah Redente, Staff Writer

Naugatuck’s very own graffitist, Christian Manouse (25), was caught red-handed just near the end of February. 

In November of 2021, police began to investigate numerous tags, which were noticed after many complaints. In counting, nearly 45 tags were found throughout the town of Naugatuck in places like the basketball courts, Duchess Diner restaurant, overpasses, the Naugatuck Event Center, and more. 

“It was very frustrating to have the mirror at the end of my hill tagged over. I could not check for oncoming traffic. That’s dangerous,” said Mrs. Carolyne Dymond, an English teacher at NHS and Naugatuck resident.

After months of investigation, Manouse was identified and a warrant was issued for his arrest in February. Officer Fortin completed the case and Manouse was seen in on the 22nd. 

On the 28th, Manouse was charged with fifty-eight counts of third-degree criminal mischief, eight counts of damage to railroad property, two counts of second-degree criminal mischief, two counts of criminal trespass, and two counts of trespass of railroad property, and third-degree burglary. 

The Naugatuck Police Department expressed why this investigation is so important to them. 

“They can have a huge negative impact on the members in our community and their way of life,” expressed officials in an interview with Patch.

Manouse was scheduled for a court appearance on April 14. Not details have been reported. He was expected to plead guilty to all charges. 

The Naugatuck Police Department wanted to thank everyone who helped with the investigation, especially the police officers. Graffiti will not be “tolerated” nor any action of that sort. 

“Let’s keep the Borough beautiful for all those who live, work and visit!”