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West Hartford Police Charge Man with Defacing Local Properties

Examples of spray painting on West Hartford buildings,, light poles, etc. Courtesy of West Hartford Police

A Hartford man was arrested by West Hartford Police and charged with 16 counts of criminal mischief.

By Ronni Newton

A report received by police of a suspicious person led to the arrest of a suspect who has now been charged with 16 counts of third-degree criminal mischief for defacing property with spray paint.

West Hartford Police Sgt. Amanda Martin said a call was received around 11 p.m. on Thursday, June 23 regarding a suspicious person in the vicinity of the 200 block of Park Road.

Members of the West Hartford Police Community Support Unit (CSU) responded, and shortly after the call observed a. man matching the description they had received in action spray painting the side of a building at the rear of 340 Prospect Ave.

The suspect, Alex Gonzalez, 22, of Hartford, admitted to police that he had spray painted numerous pieces of property in both West Hartford and Hartford with graffiti. Police said 16 pieces of property – buildings, light poles, utility poles, and electrical boxes were damaged by Gonzalez in West Hartford.

Gonzalez was released on $5,000 non-surety bond, and due in Hartford Community Court on June 29.

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  • So glad he was finally caught in the act! My favorite restaurant on Park St., O’Camelo was defaced with this same ugly graffiti marking. The owner of O’Camelo has worked so hard at keeping her restaurant beautiful only to have it defaced with this scribbling. This criminal should be made to remove all his spray painted vandalism, it looks horrible! Thank you WHPD for catching him!

    • I agree- the vandal should be made to clean the surfaces he damaged- if he has talent then let him paint on media that he owns vs just being a common thug!

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