A homeless man was arrested last Friday after allegedly writing “racist” graffiti around Ballston, according to Arlington County Police.
From this week’s Arlington crime report:
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY (series), 140815014, 4200 block of N. Fairfax Drive. Between 4:30 and 6:55 am on August 15, an intoxicated subject wrote profane language with a green marker on buildings, vehicles, bus shelters and signs. Phillip Cannon, 55, of no fixed address, was arrested and charged with five counts of destruction of property and drunk in public.
The rest of the crime report, after the jump.
A local mother was dismayed to find obscene graffiti in an Arlington County park over the weekend.
Two obscene phrases were painted on a slide in Tuckahoe Park, in the East Falls Church neighborhood. In an email, the mother told ARLnow.com that she was recording a video of her three-year-old daughter playing in the park and only noticed the graffiti when she panned the camera down as her daughter rode down the slide.
Photos courtesy Sandra A.
A tipster sent us this photo of a spray-painted no-parking sign in front of a dumpster on 11th Street N., near the intersection with N. Kennebec St., in Westover.
“What right does someone have to do this?” the outraged tipster asked. “Can I report this to the county?”
The answer is yes — county officials say the spray paint can be reported to the police as graffiti since it’s on public property.
It’s unclear who is responsible for the rogue no-parking sign — the owner of the residential complex, the waste disposal company or a random graffiti prankster — and it’s not clear if we’ll ever find out. Police say that unless the graffiti is gang-related, it’s simply noted in a report and referred to a county agency for clean-up.
Notorious Salvadorian street gang MS-13 is active in Northern Virginia, which is easy to forget in the low crime environs of Arlington County. But for anyone who has walked past the old DHL warehouse between Eads and Fern Streets in Pentagon City recently, the gang’s presence has been on dispay.
This graffiti — with the words “La Mara Salvatrucha” and the number 13 — was scrawled on the side of the brick warehouse, near a heavily-traveled path that Metro commuters take to get to the eastern end of Pentagon City.
A police report was just taken and building management is now working to clean up the graffiti.
It had been there for at least a week.