UPDATE: Daniel Wright-Fresco was released from prison on Oct. 10, 2014, and soon after, was back at his post guarding The Smell.
In February Daniel Wright-Fresco, the homeless man who considers himself a security guard at downtown DIY punk venue The Smell, was arrested.
The mostly-beloved Skid Row resident was charged with the crime of "criminal threats" after flashing his knife. Shortly before his trial was to take place on Friday, he cut a deal, and was sentenced to serve 486 days in prison.
His crime was threatening Ignacio Nava, an employee at a used car dealership near The Smell. After Wright-Fresco opened a car door for a female customer, Nava asked him to leave the dealership.
According to Nava's testimony, Wright-Fresco threatened him, saying, "Motherfucker, you want to know what it's like to fuck with a Salvadorian?" He then showed his knife, which was hidden under his shirt, tucked into the waist of his pants.
Neither Wright-Fresco nor his attorney was available for comment.
"I miss having him around," says Smell owner Jim Smith. "I really feel he was misunderstood in this case."
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For the majority of the venue's 14 year history, Wright-Fresco has been associated with The Smell, helping enforce the no-alcohol policy, and helping patrons to their cars.
Judging by the letters from patrons that have been sent to Smith in Wright-Fresco's defense — portraying him as an integral part of the Smell experience — his absence will be felt.