Netherlands man charged with NY `graffiti tourism’


NEW YORK – Authorities say a Dutch man who came to New York as a “graffiti tourist” has been indicted on charges of spray-painting a subway car and leading police on a dangerous chase along the tracks.

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said Thursday that Robbert Boxem faces charges including criminal mischief and reckless endangerment. The 23-year-old could get up to four years in prison if convicted.

Defense lawyer Marco Wright didn’t immediately return a telephone message.

Brown says Boxem uses the graffiti tag “KRAE” and apparently came to New York for an international graffiti event known as Meeting of Styles. He lives in Zwolle, Netherlands.

Boxem was arrested Sept. 9. Authorities say an arrest warrant was issued Thursday after he missed a court date.