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I’ve been tagged!
“A 38-year-old Santa Ana man remains hospitalized after being stabbed early Tuesday during a confrontation with suspected taggers, police said. At 2:10 a.m. a caller told police a man was being assaulted by five males at the southwest corner of McFadden Avenue and Maple Street, said Santa Ana police Cmdr. Stephen Colon,” according to the O.C. Register.
Here’s the kicker:
The attackers were described as three teens and two adults wearing baggy clothing. All of the suspects were riding bikes.
Well, thank goodness the City of Santa Ana is forcing new businesses to install bike racks! Can’t inconvenience the tagger gangbangers!
Are the Usual Suspects encouraging residents to become graffiti vigilantes?
There has been a huge push by Santa Ana’s Usual Suspects to pass a new graffiti ordinance. However, the SAPD has their hands full stopping violent crime. Now the taggers are becoming violent criminals themselves. Just a few months ago a tagger shot another tagger at the Mainplace Mall. He executed him in his car.
According to the L.A. Times, there have been several murders due to taggers, in Southern California:
The stabbing is the latest instance of a person in Southern California being attacked after catching taggers vandalizing property, including three who were killed in the last two years.
In August 2007, Pico Rivera grandmother Maria Hicks was shot dead after she honked her car horn, flashed her lights and followed a tagger who had defaced a wall.
Ten days after Hicks’ death, Seutatia Tausili, 65, was shot and killed in Hesperia after she and her family questioned taggers spray-painting trash cans and the wall of their apartment building.
In December, Jose Jorge Perez was fatally shot after he and a friend tried to stop a group of taggers in Hollywood.
Some cities, including Montebello and Los Angeles, have installed video equipment to catch taggers in the act without human intervention. Authorities advise keeping a safe distance.
Obviously Santa Ana residents need to keep their distance from taggers. And walking around our town at 2 in the morning is a death wish. If you are going to do that you better be packing some heat!