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New gang "tags" Kinston

By Christy Andrews
Published On: May 16 2013 05:21:00 PM CDT
Kinston, Lenoir County -

Signs of a new gang in town are popping up in a local city. Kinston Public Safety officers said several incidents of gang-tagging occurred in the city in the past two weeks.

The vandalism was reported at locations including Grainger Stadium, Emma Webb Park and Grainger Hill Performing Arts Center.

The tagging is the work of a Latino gang called, “Sureno 13,” a gang that originated in California in the 1960’s, according to Kinston Police.

Woody Spencer of Kinston Public Safety said the graffiti is a way for the gang to “mark its territory.” The vandalism in Kinston includes words with different nicknames for the gang, like “Sur” and “13.”

“We don’t need gangs in this area,” Margaret Hall, a Kinston resident said. Hall’s neighborhood is full of the gang’s graffiti.

“I don't sometimes feel safe since this tagging happened because you never know who is doing what and to whom,” Hall said.

Kinston Police arrested two suspects last week. Victor Alvarez, 19, and a juvenile are accused of tagging in the Emma Webb area. Officers say the two were caught after they tagged a vehicle in that neighborhood.