Delbert Gus, a 31-year-old man from Bloomfield was charged for illegally spray painting a graffiti of Bob Marley's One Love, as the number 1 and a heart next to it.
San Juan's Sheriff's Office has been on the case since the summer of 2017. After more than a year of investigation, the police finally received a tip in October. The name of the suspect was not released until the charges were filed.
After the police received an anonymous tip, Aztec Magistrate Court charged Gus with one felony and 48 petty misdemeanors for the unauthorized graffiti.
During an interview at the public works office in Aztec, Gus admitted to being the author of the graffiti images. Besides his own "collection" in the area, there have also been a few copycat replications of Gus' graffiti. According to him, Gus started spray painting the image because he was seeing "so much hate and violence in the world” and those images were meant to send a "positive message." Based on court documents, he was enjoying this hobby of his after dropping his work vehicles.
Gus has been leaving dozens of "messages" across the county, which altogether formed a damage of $3,450. Most of the locations he left the image at didn't cost more than $1000 in damage. The most expensive area Gus used as a canvas was the jewelry store billboard, which couldn't be cleaned and would need to be replaced. The rest of the locations were trash bins, light poles, barricades, mailboxes, construction equipment and buildings in Aztec, Bloomfield, Crouch Mesa, Farmington, Flora Vista, Kirtland, and La Plata.
The case did not cause any complications since Gus pleaded guilty to the charges.
Delbert Gus was a technician at San Juan County's waste department. He has also worked as a transfer station attendant at San Juan County Public Works department.