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News Release

Wednesday, August 25, 1999

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Tagger Arrested

LOS ANGELES POLICE DEPARTMENT
PRESS RELEASE
Wednesday, August 25, 1999

On the evening of August 23, 1999, at approximately 11:30 PM, suspects broke into the apartment building at 15950 Sherman Way, primarily occupied by senior citizens. Once inside, the suspects attempted to break into several coin operated laundry machines, stole several fire extinguishers, and severely vandalized portions of the building. Several signs were ripped down or broken, and numerous walls were marked with graffiti, including tagger graffiti specifically threatening to the senior residents.

On August 24, 1999, at approximately 2:00 PM, a fourteen-year-old resident of Van Nuys was arrested for the crime of burglary and vandalism. At the time of his arrest, the subject was in possession of items of evidence, which connect him to the use of the tag name "Minor," and membership in the tagger crew T.C.K., which was marked on the walls of the senior citizens' residence.

The subject will be detained at Sylmar Juvenile Hall and charges of residential burglary and vandalism will be sought. The case is being handled by Van Nuys Detective Section, Juvenile Unit, 818-756-8371.


For Release 5:00 pm PDT
August 25, 1999