Thursday, August 6, 2009

August 6, 2009 3 Hockessin teens arrested on graffiti charges

The News Journal

Three Hockessin teens have been arrested for graffiti tagging throughout New Castle County, police said today.

The graffiti vandalism took place between March 31 and May 4.

State police charged Matthew J. Sutherland, 19, of Wyndam Circle, with 27 graffiti-related misdemeanor offenses and two felony counts of graffiti.

Sutherland tags under the name of “DANK,” police said.

He was released on $23,500 unsecured bail, state police spokesman Cpl. Jeff Whitmarsh said.

A 16-year-old Hockessin teen was arrested in the same investigation and charged with 23 misdemeanor graffiti-related offenses and four felony graffiti counts.

The teenager tags under the name of “HEDAK,” police said.

The teen, whose name is not being released because of his age, is being held in the Snowden Cottage on Centre Road.

On Tuesday, police arrested Michael Freccia, 18, of Bernard Boulevard, as part of the same investigation.

He surrendered on charges of two counts of felony graffiti and 18 misdemeanor graffiti offenses.

Freccia’s tag name is “EMAR,” Whitmarsh said.

He is awaiting notification from Family Court for an arraignment date.

Whitmarsh said county police were also instrumental in identifying the suspects.

The arrests are part of an on-going investigation by the New Castle County Anti-Graffiti Task Force.

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