WENATCHEE — Police took what they say is a prolific graffiti tagger off the street Thursday night.
They arrested Arturo Dimas-Juan, 20, of Wenatchee on suspicion of resisting arrest, possession of graffiti materials and three counts of malicious mischief by graffiti tagging.
Wenatchee Officers Rick Johnson and Gary Geiger, members of a unit that specializes in gang activities, were patrolling late Thursday night in an area that had been hard hit by graffiti on Jan. 4, said Sgt. John Kruse.
About 11:30 p.m., they spotted Dimas-Juan walking on Ferry Street between Monitor and Cashmere streets. While talking to him, they asked him to take his hands out of his pockets but Dimas-Juan refused. When he finally complied, Kruse said, he had a spray paint can in one hand.
Kruse said officers ordered Dimas-Juan to get on the ground but he began backing away from them.
A physical confrontation occurred with officers using a submission hold to force Dimas-Juan into momentary unconsciousness.
Officers later found fresh gang-related graffiti on a shed in the 900 block of Monitor Street, a garage in the 1000 block of Monitor Street and a fence in the 300 block of Lincoln Street. Kruse said a tag name on those graffiti works matched the tag name on about 30 graffiti markings from Jan. 4.
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