Suspects in gang graffiti case bumble their way into arrest
It appears two suspected vandals made several mistakes last week that led to their arrest, but the first may have been the worst: their apparent decision to sell illegal drugs across from the Quincy police station.
On Nov. 11, local police looked out the windows of the police station and spotted some suspicious activity involving two young Quincy men and a backpack.
When officers went to investigate, a short chase ensued when one of the suspects took off on a bike. The suspect quickly ditched the bike to run on foot (mistake No. 2).
Police followed the suspect to a house in the 200 block of B Street Southeast.
Collected at the home were marijuana, scales and butane hash oil, a marijuana concentrate, Police Chief Bob Heimbach said.
And in the backpack police found artwork matching gang graffiti recently painted on residences and businesses in Quincy, Heimbach said.
This past month, businesses and homeowners have reported some 100 cases of property damage caused by gang-related tagging.
Officers believe they have been able to match the artwork to at least five cases of vandalism, Heimbach said. (And, thus, mistake No. 3.)
Arrested were Balentino Jaramillo, 18, and Roberto Solorio, who turns 18 at the end of the month.
Heimbach suspects the two men have played a role in the graffiti spree.
The Quincy men are expected to be charged with five counts of malicious mischief as well as a variety of drug-related charges, including possession of a controlled substance/ delivery of marijuana and unlawful controlled substance transaction.
— By Jill FitzSimmons, firstname.lastname@example.org