An 18-year-old Vancouver, British Columbia, woman is facing charges of 14 counts of Mischief Under $5,000 after a police investigation into multiple incidents of graffiti tagging.
Transit Police released a video on Saturday of the girl hopping onto the tracks to spray the far wall, where she is seen stepping on a 600-volt rail used to power the trains.
“Had the rail covering cracked or her foot slipped and touched the side of the rail, she would have been electrocuted,” said Transit Police spokeswoman Anne Drennan in a release.
The incidents took place from October 2012 to March 2013, with the accused using the tag VAMP on trains and in stations in Vancouver.
Clean-up of the graffiti is estimated at about $2,000. The girl has been released on bail with a number of conditions.
Because the girl was under the age of 18 when some of the incidents took place, she cannot be named. Police say she has no criminal history but is known to them.
“Transit Police would like to make anyone who might consider climbing down onto the rails aware of the extreme dangers of doing this. It is hoped that through increased awareness, we might prevent needless future tragedy,” said Drennan.
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