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Gresham teen arrested for tagging downtown

Ink-stained hands helped Gresham Police catch a tagger Wednesday, April 23, who is suspected of at least 14 instances of illegally spray-painting graffiti throughout downtown.

The 16-year-old suspect, a Gresham resident, was charged with several counts of criminal mischief in the first degree, criminal mischief in the second degree, unlawful possession of a graffiti implement and unlawful application of graffiti.

Residents and members of the Neighborhood Crimes Team kept watch on the area after several business owners reported during the last three weeks that their buildings had been spray-painted with the sign of 'TROK.'

A citizen contacted police Wednesday morning after he saw the suspect marking a traffic box at Powell Boulevard and Kelly Avenue. The suspect then went into Gresham High School.

Officer Tim Taaca, the school's resource officer, helped find and catch the suspect, who had marking pens and fresh ink on his hands.

The suspect was released into his or her guardian's custody. The case will be forwarded to the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office.