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Friday, June 26, 2009

Reston: More Fun than a Kool and the Gang Reunion Tour

All of the sudden, Reston's agog about gangs! You'd think some weirdly tagged dirt and a run-of-the-mill melee would be all in a day's work, but that's just the tip of the iceberg. First, a 17-year-old Reston male was charged with gang participation and destruction of property after a series of tagging incidents in Herndon. What, we don't have enough dirt and trees to tag here?

The Herndon Police Department has charged a 17-year-old Reston male with ten destruction of property cases and seven counts of gang participation.

The charges stem from a rash of incidences of graffiti appearing in various locations in the town throughout 2009.

Last month, the Herndon Police Department arrested three additional suspects--two juveniles and one adult--and charged them with causing thousands of dollars of damage by spray painting, or "tagging" grafitti all over the town.

"Unlike this latest one, those incidents were not gang related," said Lt. Jeff Coulter of the HPD.

On June 22, the Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic Relation Court ordered the two juveniles to pay restitution of $6,697 to victims of the tagging.

A third suspect awaits a hearing in Fairfax General District Court, currently scheduled for July 29.
Fairfax County Police actually spoke about the topic of gangs at last night's RA Board Meeting, and one of our filthy "web-log commenters" pointed out this tidbit:
Last night the Police Captain said the victims tend to be Hispanic and the perps have so far, been African American.

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