Accused bus vandal ‘ashamed’ of action after World Series win

Courtesy PhotoGregory Tyler Graniss is out on a $40

The man accused of bashing the windshield of a Muni bus is asking for your forgiveness, San ?Franciscans.

San Francisco resident Gregory Tyler Graniss, 22, who might be the most hated Giants fan around after he allegedly vandalized a Muni bus during the revelry that followed the team’s World Series victory last week, is “very ashamed” of his actions, defense attorney Douglas Rappaport said Monday.

But despite being sorry, Graniss pleaded not guilty Monday to two felony vandalism charges in connection with an incident that forced eight passengers and the driver to flee an 8X-Bayshore Express at Third and Market streets early Oct. 29.

Graniss was arrested the next day after he was identified in a widely circulated photo smashing the vehicle’s windshield with a metal police barricade.

Police are still searching for other suspects who allegedly attacked the bus, including a man who also was seen striking windows with the barricade and two people who were seen setting the vehicle ablaze.

The bus — which reportedly cost $700,000 and had just undergone $300,000 in renovations — was totaled, according to Muni officials. Those taxpayer dollars won’t be recouped because the transit agency’s insurance policy doesn’t cover damage caused by arson.

Graniss, who is out of custody on $40,000 bail, will take responsibility for his part in the vandalism, his attorney said, and hopes San Franciscans will forgive him.

While the World Series title “brought out the best in San Francisco,” Rappaport said, it brought out “the worst in Gregory.”
City Attorney Dennis Herrera has vowed to sue those who vandalized public property.

“Out there today, everyone has a phone or camera,” police Cmdr. John Murphy said. “So if you are out there and feeling guilty about what you did, feel free to turn yourself in.”

The District Attorney’s Office has so far charged 12 of 15 cases connected to the mayhem of that night, in which there were more than 30 arrests. Charges include assault on a police officer, vandalism, negligent discharge of a firearm, robbery, resisting arrest, battery and arson of property.

The majority of the defendants are from San Francisco, prosecutors said.

Graniss is next scheduled to appear in court Dec. 17 for a pretrial conference.

ccopeland@sfexaminer.com

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