SAN ANTONIO -- A 21-year-old man pulled an "Ozzy" on the Alamo. Now he faces charges for allegedly relieving himself on the landmark.
The El Paso man was arrested for urinating on the Alamo Saturday night. Alamo officials say he went behind an olive tree and under the chain and peed on the side of the shrine.
"That sounds like Ozzy Osbourne," said a Dallas tourist named Francis. "But that was a while back. So, I mean it happens."
Melinda Navarro with the Alamo says rangers saw 21-year-old Daniel Athens go into the corner and ran towards him. But they were too late, the deed had been done, they say. Athens was intoxicated and alone, say authorities.
Navarro does not believe it was a copycat stunt.
"He probably didn't do it on purpose. Maybe the same story goes for Ozzy Osbourne," said Francis. "He was intoxicated. He really didn't realize where he was peeing and he ended up peeing on a memorial."
Before his 1982 concert, rocker Ozzy Osborn, was intoxicated when he peed on the Alamo. He was banned from playing in San Antonio for ten years following that incident.
"I'm sure it will get washed off tonight, and everything will be fine tomorrow," say Arkansas tourist, Jean Eckert.
Navarro says the cleanup may be a little more complicated. The Alamo is close to 300 years old, after all, and it will have to be determined how to clean up the mess. She says the cost many be in the thousands.
Athens will be charged with criminal mischief and public intoxication.
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