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Officers Serve Warrants in Tagging Cases

October 19, 2004 00:00


Central Precinct Neighborhood Response Team officers served two search warrants on October 19, 2004 in connection with an investigation into tagging in Portland and the surrounding area. They have collected some evidence such as paint cans, painting masks, examples of tags and other items connected to tagging. On Tuesday October 12, 2004 at about 11:30 pm, officers went to the 1400 Block SW Columbia St to investigate a vandalism call. The suspects left before police got there but a witness was able to get a partial plate and car description. That info was broadcasted to officers.

A Central Precinct officer saw the car and stopped it on the Sunset Hwy. The occupants had paint on their hands and officers saw other evidence in the car. They arrested the people in the car. They were 20-year-old Paul Thomas Langston, of Beaverton, and 20-year-old Brian Andrew Mc Kenzie, of Gresham. Evidence was collected and the two were cited for Criminal Mischief I and released.

One of the items collected was a digital camera. Police wrote a search warrant to look at the contents of the camera. On the camera they found images which provided probable cause to write a warrant to search two residences.

This morning at about 7:00 am police served a search warrant at a home in the 6800 block SW Larkspur Place in Beaverton and collected evidence. At about 9:00 am police served a search warrant at a home in the 18800 block NE Clackamas in Gresham where they recovered evidence. Langston is suspected of tagging the word "Vagina" at up to 100 locations in the metro area. Mc Kenzie is suspected of tagging the word "Ether" on up to 50 locations in the metro area. Officers think the two may be responsible for the tags "Vag" and "Coward" as well.

Anybody with information about these tagging cases, especially if they are a victim and have evidence of the crimes, is asked to call Officer Resch at Central Precinct.


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