Social Media Leads To Capture of Bus Vandal

Photo courtesy of Zennie62 blog

SAN FRANCISCO—The widespread distribution of a photo that depicted a man smashing the windshield of a Muni bus at Third and Market Streets has led to the arrest of 22-year-old Gregory Tyler Graniss on Tuesday, October 30.

Reports indicate the incident occurred just after midnight on Monday, October 29; hours after baseball’s San Francisco Giants won the World Series over the Detroit Tigers.  Other participants in the vandalism set the bus on fire.  After the San Francisco Chronicle released a photo depicting a man smashing the windshield of the bus, public outrage was high.  The photo was all over social media and before long police investigators were receiving tips.

Mugshot of Gregory Tyler Graniss. Photo courtesy of SFPD

These tips led police to identifying Graniss as the suspect.  He was taken into custody and booked into County Jail at 425 7th Street around 7pm.  Graniss was charged with felony vandalism and injuring or destroying a passenger

transit vehicle, also a felony.  Although investigators have obtained evidence related to the crime, the investigation is ongoing.  Evidence has been withheld as a result.San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr commented in a statement on the crime.

“This was a senseless act of destruction and there is no tolerance for such criminal behavior in San Francisco,” said Suhr. “With assistance from the public, investigators moved swiftly to identify this suspect and make an arrest. Investigators are also working tirelessly to identify those responsible for setting the bus on fire and to bring them to justice.”

Police are asking the public for any information on the vandalism of the Muni bus to come forward and call the Special Investigations Division at (415) 553-1133.  Those wishing to remain anonymous may call the Tip Line at (415) 575-4444 or Text A Tip to TIP411 and begin the message with “SFPD.”

By Damian Kelly