As promised, Commissioner Bratton is showing his zeal for prosecuting those responsible for meddlesome, artistically-inclined cracks in our social fabric. Four people were detained by police in two separate incidents for making graffiti along Broadway in Williamsburg in the early morning hours.
According to an NYPD spokeswoman, the first incident occurred at 3:14 a.m. on the side of 314 Broadway, steps from the J/M/Z Marcy stop. There, police say that 22-year-old Alexis Blake and 21-year-old Emma Fee were spray painting the property. Both were charged with making graffiti and given desk appearance tickets. Blake resides in the East Village, while Fee's listed as living in Elmhurst.
The second incident occurred at 5:09 a.m., less than a block down the street. According to the police spokeswoman, 41-year-old Paul Muniz was holding a ladder and acting as a lookout while 24-year-old Giovanni Carle was on the roof, spray painting "a circle with a line through it" on the side of the adjacent building.
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Muniz was arrested and charged with possession of burglary tools, making graffiti, possession of a graffiti instrument, and criminal trespass.
Carle was arrested and charged with possession of burglary tools, making graffiti, criminal mischief, possession of a graffiti instrument, and criminal trespass.
Both of the defendants live in the Lower East Side.
The NYPD spokeswoman said that information on additional graffiti arrests in Williamsburg may be forthcoming.
After the last rash of graffiti arrests in Queens earlier this week, Commissioner Bratton had this to say: "Graffiti is a constant battle. It’s one of the issues I’m going to be focusing on. My sense is that graffiti is growing in the city now again. And, as a city, we need to basically take it on because that’s the first sign of urban decay."
[UPDATE] JPUpdates.com reports that there were in fact two more arrests for graffiti in Williamsburg that occurred around 1 a.m. on Bedford Avenue, and credits the Shomrim for alerting the NYPD to all of the acts of vandalism.