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French Graffiti Artist Charged With Vandalizing MBTA Red Line Trains

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Christian Maxime Bezat of Paris is charged with tagging MBTA Red Line trains.

Christian Maxime Bezat of Paris is charged with tagging MBTA Red Line trains.

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — A French graffiti artist allegedly responsible for vandalism to transit systems in Boston, New York and Paris is being held in Massachusetts for tagging Red Line subway trains in Cambridge.

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority announced Thursday that Christian Maxime Bezat of Paris was arrested in New Jersey as he was about to board a plane for France on Dec. 3.

MBTA police took the 25-year-old into custody Wednesday at the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark, N.J., on charges stemming from Sept. 13 tagging at the Alewife station.

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Christian Maxime Bezat of Paris was arrested in New Jersey as he attempted to board a plane for France.

MBTA Deputy Police Chief Lewis Best says Bezat was arraigned Thursday in Cambridge District Court on vandalism charges. He did not enter a plea and a judge ordered him held on $10,000 bail.

It was not immediately clear if Bezat, who uses the tag “Raske,” has legal representation.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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