VANDALS ARREST – Just after midnight on Jan. 11, plain-clothed members of the Transit Bureau’s City-wide Vandals Task Force were on patrol in the vicinity of Jamaica Avenue and the 111th Street subway station when they observed two individuals seated on a subway bench in close proximity to fresh graffiti vandalism on a J train car.
As the officers approached, Det. Christopher Diaz observed a knap sack with spray paint cans next to a 19-year-old suspect, who attempted to close the bag to hide its contents. Diaz also observed another suspect with a green latex glove and gray spray paint can sticking out of his left jacket pocket. Upon further investigation, it was revealed that the first suspect painted the word “FEAL” on a subway car while the second acted as a lookout.
Police arrested Tommy Martinez, 19, of Brooklyn, and Jeremy Cautin, 21, of Jamaica, and charged them with third-degree criminal mischief, making graffiti, 15 counts of possession of graffiti instrument and third-degree criminal trespass.