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Prolific graffiti tagger ‘BONX’ busted

The prolific graffiti tagger known as “BONX” is busted.

Police say Nathaniel J. Parsons, 22, of Boston, was caught red-handed Thursday evening after tagging a South Park Avenue overpass above the Norfolk Southern Railroad yard in South Buffalo.

He admitted painting a 10-foot by 5-foot red and yellow “BONX” scrawl beneath the bridge’s girders, according to a railroad special agent officer who spotted Parsons while patrolling the Buffalo Junction railroad yard at about 6 p.m. Thursday.

Parsons was charged with making graffiti, possession of graffiti tools and trespass. A charge of felony criminal mischief was lodged later Friday, said Lt. Steve Nichols of the police department’s Community Policing Unit.

Railroad Special Agent Matt Galas and South District Police Officer Dennis Kessler made the arrest.

Police and property owners have been outraged by Parsons’ alleged graffiti crimes, which involved a two-week spree last summer during which he spray-painted multiple tags on historic downtown brick structures.