SAN ANTONIO -

San Antonio police said the handwriting was all over the wall, a bridge and in a culvert, thanks to a Southeast side teen who has been arrested.

Tony Aragon, 17, is charged with graffiti that caused between $20,000 - $100,000 in damage.

According to a police report, the total damage to the city-owned property was closer to $20,000.

Police said Aragon used black spray paint to scrawl lettering along the walls of a culvert and nearby bridge in the 100 block of Talisman Street.

The police report said an officer stopped Aragon around 10 p.m. Tuesday and found black paint on his hands.

As officers talked with him, they noticed Aragon trying to delete photographs of the graffiti from his cell phone, the report said.

Officers also said in their report that the largest tagged area measured more than 1,400 feet.

"Disgusting, you know? How are you going to live in a neighborhood like this?," said Dennis Guajardo, who has lived across the street from the vandalized area for about a year. "For one thing, (Aragon) should get punished because he's just making the whole neighborhood look ugly."

Guajardo said he has seen taggers repeatedly leave their markings on the area, including on the wall of a neighbor’s house.

Walls on either side of the bridge show signs of being painted and repainted many times.

And in tunnels below the bridge, walls still are covered, top to bottom, with spray painted words from previous episodes of vandalism.

Police said after they had Aragon in custody, he offered to clean up the mess if officers would also make the criminal charges disappear.

He was arrested at the scene anyway, but less than 12 hours later, released on a $10,000 bond.