Vandals painting neighborhood black, red with gang-style symbols

By Chris Jackett
Sunday Times Newspapers

WYANDOTTE – Numerous residents have been victims of spray paint vandals in the past two weeks.

Overnight early Oct. 17, police responded to nine complaints on Ninth and Electric streets between Oak Street to Ford Avenue of vehicles, garages and other property being painted with gratuitous markings. Police said there were about 15 total incidents.

Many residents said their property was secure 11 p.m. Oct. 16, and that problems were discovered at 7 a.m. the following day, leaving an eight-hour window where vandals could have cruised the five-block stretch of houses.

Two neighbors’ houses in the 2700 block of Electric were tagged, with the first discovered about 7:15 a.m. by a man who found a five-point star painted on the hood of his white 1990 Ford Tempo.

While patrolling the area about 11:45 a.m., officers discovered the man’s neighbor, a 60-year-old white woman, also was a victim of the black spray paint vandalism, as a racial slur was painted on her white garage door.

The string of vandalisms also hit seven other documented residences in the 2000 through 2500 blocks of Ninth.

About 9:45 a.m., spray paint was found on the license plate of a 1997 Ford Contour in the 2400 block of Ninth.

A man about 10 a.m. reported the same type of damage to her 2001 Chrysler van, which had been secured between 10 p.m. and 9 a.m. overnight.

Further up Ninth in the 2000 block, a man called police about 10 a.m. saying the word “blue” was spray painted in black on the hatchback of his burgundy 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser between 6 p.m. Oct. 16 and 10 a.m. Oct. 17.

Shortly thereafter, about 10:30 a.m., a man in the 2400 block of Ninth reported that black stars and other symbols had been painted along the driver’s side of his 2000 GMC Sonoma.

His neighbor called about 10:45 a.m. to report her 1999 Ford Ranger’s license plate and left tail light were spray painted black.

While patrolling the area for other spray painted items, police discovered a 2001 Ford Taurus’ license plate also had been painted black in the 2500 block of Ninth.

About 2 p.m. Oct. 17, a woman in the 2100 block of Ninth discovered that a penis had been painted on her front storm door in black spray paint.

Repeat offenders
The spray paint bandits struck the same neighborhood before 9 a.m. Monday, hitting four residences and a business.

The path of vandalism may have begun in the 2400 block of Cora, near Walnut, where a gang symbol was spray painted in red on the rear vinyl siding of a garage.

Gang graffiti also was sprayed in red paint on the garage door of a rental house in the 2400 block of Ninth. The graffiti was an old English “LC,” commonly used by the Latin Count gang during building tags.

Two residents in the2100 block of Electric reported similar damage to their garages. One garage had gang symbols painted in black and pink paint, while the other had red spray paint on the rear vinyl siding.

Wyandotte Electric, 961 Ford Ave., was the first business to be tagged by the vandals. Two gang symbols were spray painted in black and silver on the rear of the building. A symbol also was written in black marker on the electrical box at the rear of the building. The word “KUSH” was written in the dirt near the business’s trash receptacle by someone’s finger, with a visible handprint next to it. The handprint was dusted for fingerprints.

A 12-ounce can of satin black spray paint was also located under another receptacle in the alley.

Officers observed several other fences and garages had been spray painted along the alley that runs north and south behind the business.

Anyone with information on the crimes should contact police at (734) 324-4405.