A 21-year-old man was arrested this past weekend for urinating on a wall at ‘The Alamo’ in San Antonio, Texas. On Saturday night, a park ranger turned Daniel Athens in after witnessing him in a “chained off area not open to the public,” allegedly neat The Alamo wall “making the motions of putting his penis back in his pants.”
Upon an investigation of the area Athens was found in, it was discovered that there was “a puddle on the original mortar of the Shrine” near the wall.
Aside from committing an insulting and disgusting act, the San Antonio police indicated that he could have caused an accelerated erosion of the natural limestone walls of what is left of the Alamo. “Urine contains salt and the Alamo’s limestone absorbs the salt and then pushes the salt out. When the salt gets pushed out so does the face of the limestone and through this process, the urine contributes to the eroding of the limestone,” he stated.
Athens, who appeared intoxicated reeked of alcohol at the time, according to the police report he was arrested and charged with public intoxication and public urination. In addition, he could face charges for destructing a Shrine of Texas Liberty.