Joseph T. Dauben just might be having a cow, after being accused of being the tagger who last summer left graffiti inspired by “The Simpsons” animated television series at several locations in and near downtown Naperville.
Dauben, 33, lives on the 1700 block of Fairoak Road, in the Signal Point area of Naperville’s southeast side. He is free on bond and awaiting trial in DuPage County Circuit Court in Wheaton on misdemeanor charges of criminal defacement of property in Naperville and on the campus of the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, according to court records.
Naperville police Sgt. Bill Davis confirmed Dauben on March 4 was detained by College of DuPage public safety officers.
“Dauben was caught damaging campus property with graffiti,” Davis wrote in an email.
“Upon further investigation, Dauben was found to be responsible for the (‘Simpsons’-related) criminal damage in Naperville last summer,” in the pedestrian walkways at the Metra Railway Fourth Avenue commuter train station, Davis said. The depot is at 105 E. Fourth Ave., just north of downtown Naperville.
The graffiti in that case proclaimed “El Barto” and “Skinner Stinks,” Davis said. “El Barto” is the alter ego of Bart Simpson, while “Skinner Stinks” is an insult aimed at the principal of his school.
Dauben “was also found responsible” for three additional cases of Simpsons-inspired graffiti in the downtown area, Davis said.
Police last year said graffiti were found in June and July, written in marking pen on the rears of buildings on the 0-99 block of West Jackson Avenue, the 0-99 block of West Jefferson Avenue and the 200 block of South Main Street.
The graffiti depicted parts of Simpsons characters’ bodies, snippets of dialog and another posting of “El Barto.” Cmdr. Lou Cammiso said police found the graffiti “on concrete walls of businesses, electrical boxes and garbage Dumpsters.”
“The artwork is extensive and time-consuming, and the ability to have it removed is very costly,” Cammiso said last summer. Davis added the “total cost of graffiti removal last year was $540.”
Details of Dauben’s arrest at the College of DuPage could not be immediately learned. A campus public safety official did not reply to an email from The Sun that sought comment on that case.
An examination of DuPage County court records revealed Dauben as a teenager received several tickets for underage possession or use of alcohol and tobacco, and was cited in June 1998 by Forest Preserve District of DuPage County police in a case of vandalism. A judge settled that matter by placing Dauben on probation and fining him, court records showed.
Dauben surrendered April 4 at the Naperville police station and was then released on bond. Records indicated he is scheduled to appear in court May 13 in the Naperville case and May 22 in the College of DuPage matter.