A man accused of painting graffiti inside the Cathedral of Learning in Oakland faces felony charges.
Danial Mohammad Khan-Yousufzai, 21, vandalized the Cathedral commons area floor Saturday morning then walked outside and sat on a bench, University of Pittsburgh police Officer Scott Kercher wrote in a criminal complaint.
The Pitt student is charged with criminal mischief -- a felony in this case because the damage exceeds $5,000 -- one felony and one misdemeanor count of institutional vandalism and a misdemeanor count of possessing instruments of crime.
He was released from the Allegheny County Jail after posting a $10,000 bond, according to court records.
In black and blue spray paint, the graffiti read "WRC" and measured 12 feet by 4 1/2-feet, police said.
University spokesman John Fedele confirmed the graffiti had been removed but would not say how long the process took and what the final cost was. Pitt facilities management employees told police that the cost could be between $65,000 and $100,000.
Mr. Khan-Yousufzai could not be reached for comment.
"WRC" is an acronym for Workers Right Consortium, an independent monitoring organization that works with universities to investigate factories where university-licensed apparel is manufactured.
Members of the Pitt chapter of Americans for Informed Democracy want the university to affiliate with WRC to ensure fair labor practices where logo goods are made, but Pitt officials have said they're satisfied with their existing relationship with the Fair Labor Association.
Viveka Mandava, the president of AIDPitt, condemned Mr. Khan-Yousufzai's actions, noting that he did not attend meetings or participate in its campaign.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Thursday.
Molly Born: firstname.lastname@example.org, 412-263-1944 or on Twitter @borntolede. Alex Zimmerman contributed.