Man charged with urinating on Alamo

Daniel Athens faces criminal misdemeanor charges


A man was out of jail after he was charged with urinating on the Alamo.

Daniel Athens, 21, could face more charges than only a criminal misdemeanor charge for the alleged act, according to Alamo Committee Chairwoman Melinda Navarro.

"It stands for many different things for many different people, and to have somebody come up and do that to the Shrine, it's very disheartening," said Navarro.

Navarro said a guard noticed Athens walk past a roped off area near an olive tree on the left side of the Shrine on Saturday evening. She also said Athens' family was with him while at the Alamo, but wasn't sure if they were with him when he was caught urinating.

The Lamberts, self-proclaimed history buffs, were shocked by the crime.

"Pretty offensive. I mean, it's pretty much a sacred place in Texas," said Sara Lambert.

"I don't understand why somebody would do something like that," said the couple's son. "I didn't know people still did that. I know Ozzy Osbourne did that once, but I mean, really, it's just disrespectful."

Osbourne urinated on the Alamo in the 80s. He was banned from the city as a result.