Two people who came to national attention in 2020 after they filmed themselves attempting to blot out a freshly painted Black Lives Matter street painting in downtown Martinez are now facing additional, unrelated burglary charges according to a story published in the East Bay Times.
Martinez residents David Nelson, 54, and Nicole Anderson, 43, were charged with second-degree burglary after they allegedly entered a home in Walnut Creek “with the intent to commit larceny,” according to court records obtained by the Times. Nelson faces additional charges of possessing methamphetamine for sale, according to the paper.
Nelson and Anderson first came to local attention when video surfaced of the couple filming themselves as they attempted to blot out letters in a city-approved BLM street painting in downtown Martinez on the Fourth of July, 2020. Anderson splattered black paint and daubed at the words with a paint roller while Nelson filmed her, the pair engaging onlookers in a testy dialogue until they left the partially marred mural in a pickup truck with “Nicole” on the tailgate.
Video of the incident garnered national attention and prompted a search for the pair, with Nelson and Anderson charged with violating another person’s civil rights, vandalism and possession of tools to commit vandalism after they were located by authorities.
The pair achieved additional notoriety when their anti-BLM messaging was carried by conservative media outlets who featured them on air.
Nelson and Anderson could not immediately be reached for comment on news of the latest charges against them.