Several arrested for tagging whitewashed 5Pointz

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THE COURIER/Photo by Angy Altamirano
THE COURIER/Photo by Angy Altamirano

A day after 5Pointz was covered in white paint, a group of young fans were arrested and charged for tagging the once aerosol art covered building.

Three individuals were arrested and slapped with graffiti and criminal mischief charges after being caught writing on the building, located at 22-50 Jackson Avenue, on Wednesday at approximately 5:50 p.m. with black magic markers, according to the NYPD. William Romero, 20, William Marple, 26 and a 16-year-old girl were issued tickets but released.

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A 13-year-old boy was also later arrested at 7:38 p.m. and charged with making graffiti, criminal mischief and possession of a graffiti instrument, said police.

On Thursday, at approximately 2:11 a.m., police arrested a 20-year-old man at the same site and charged with making graffiti, criminal mischief and eight counts of possession of a graffiti instrument.

In response to a Twitter message at approximately 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday, calling for 5Pointz fans to come out and tag the building, 5Pointz tweeted “we [are] asking respectfully for the building to remain white, please respect our wish.”

“We need to figure out a solution to give fans an outlet where they can [express] their farewell…,’” 5Pointz tweeted later that same day.

The 5Pointz Twitter account, in a tweet on Thursday, at approximately 5:38 a.m., said that it had witnessed the last pieces of aerosol art being washed away in white paint, including a possible salvageable piece on plywood.

“Such a waste/genocide complete,” said the tweet.