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Youth indicted in Long Island City graffiti spree

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The suspects, males between ages 17-29, allegedly caused thousands of dollars in damage by spray-painting their tags on homes, storefronts and fences in Long Island City, Maspeth, Glendale, Ridgewood, Forest HIlls, Rego Park, Flushing and Jamaica, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. One defendant, Charles Webster, 17, of 73-49 71st St. in Ridgewood, allegedly slashed the tires of two dozen 104th Precinct police cars in November, Brown said. The Grover Cleveland High School student and another suspect, Christopher Sanchez, 20, of 70-34 67th St. in Glendale, caused $1,300 in damage late last year by spraying their tags - or vandalism aliases - in bubble letters on seven public and private properties in Flushing, Glendale, Jamaica, Rego Park and Ridgewood, the DA said. Brown identified the other defendants as: ¥ Christopher Fuller, 19, of 70-13 68th St. in Glendale, a shipping service truck loader charged with defacing storefronts, fences and walls on four buildings in Flushing, Long Island City, and Maspeth between August 2004 and November 2004, causing $500 in damage. ¥ Miguel Camacho, 29, of 63-61 Yellowstone Blvd. in Forest Hills, a landscaper who allegedly defaced $2,400 worth of property by spray-painting six properties in Forest Hills and Rego Park from January to March last year. The defendants were charged with felony criminal mischief and arraigned last month in Queens Supreme Court, where they all pleaded not guilty. Webster faces seven years in prison if convicted. The others face four, Brown said. They were indicted Monday, meaning that a grand jury determined there is enough evidence for the defendants to stand trial."Graffiti vandalism is a plague that attacks our sensibility, blights our environment and erodes our quality of life," Brown said in a statement. "Police and prosecutors are working together as a team with resolute determination to eradicate it." Reach reporter Matt Monks at news@timesledger.com or 718-229-0300, Ext. 156.

Posted 7:04 pm, October 10, 2011
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