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Crime & Cases March 24, 2011  RSS feed

Alleged Vandal Indicted For Graffiti Rampage In Queens

Glendale Man Charged With 93 Counts
by Robert Pozarycki

A Glendale man accused of being one of the most prolific graffiti vandals in Queens has been arraigned on a 93-count indictment for allegedly smearing his tag onto more than 45 locations around Glendale, Forest Hills and Richmond Hill, it was announced.

Matthew Young, 23, of 65th Place appeared in Queens Criminal Court last Wednesday, Mar. 16, to answer to the massive indictment that includes charges of second-, third- and fourthdegree criminal mischief, making graffiti and possession of graffiti instruments.

After pleading not guilty to the indictment, Young was ordered by Judge Fernando Camacho to be held on $10,000 bail and to return to court on Mar. 28. He faces up to seven years in prison if convicted.

“This indictment is part of our continuing commitment to eradicate graffiti in Queens County,” said Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown in a statement. “Far from being a victimless crime, graffiti en- courages lawlessness, leads to a decrease in property values and is costly to its victims to remove. New York’s image as a graffiti-scarred city is a thing of the past, and we must continue to enforce our laws against this serious vandalism to keep it at bay.”

Reportedly, Young was charged with painting or acid etching three kinds of tags on more than 45 locations between June 2009 and January 2011. According to the indictment, the suspect allegedly tagged buildings, light poles, traffic signs, railroad overpasses and a marked police van.

Moreover, Young reportedly affixed his tags onto two bus shelters by using acid to burn them into glass. Damages from all of the vandalism he allegedly committed were esti- mated to exceed several thousands of dollars, the district attorney’s office noted.

As previously reported in this paper, Young was arrested in January by officers from the 104th Precinct who spotted him allegedly painting a tag in Middle Village. Following further investigation by its Graffiti Unit, the suspect was additionally charged for hitting a litany of other locations within the confines of the 104th, 102nd and 112th precincts.

The case is being prosecuted by Supervising Assistant District Attorney Michael E. Brovner of the D.A.’s Gang Violence and Hate Crimes Bureau, under the supervision of Mariela Palomino Herring, bureau chief, and Michele E. Goldstein, deputy bureau chief.