Newark Man Charged With Multiple Counts Of Graffiti

A Wilmington Police investigation into multiple graffiti vandalism incidents has resulted in the arrest of a 32-year-old Newark man, police announced Thursday.

Officials said in March 2020, police began investigating multiple graffiti vandalism incidents involving public property defaced with spray paint and the graffiti tags “Gusko” and “Kazeu”. Police located tags in multiple locations, including the 1600 block of Pennsylvania Avenue; Pennsylvania Avenue and North Union Street; 14th Street and North Scott Street; and the 1600 block of Lancaster Avenue. Through the course of the investigation, police identified 32-year-old Newark resident Alexander Blanco as a suspect, said police.

Arrest warrants were obtained for Blanco, who turned himself into Wilmington Police on Wednesday.

Blanco has been charged with the following offenses:
Graffiti to Real or Personal Property with Damage Greater than $1,500 – 4 Counts
Graffiti to Real or Personal Property with Damage Under $1,500 – 9 Counts
Criminal Trespass (Third Degree) – 8 Counts
He was arraigned in Justice of the Peace Court 20 and was released after posting $9,300 secured bail.

This investigation remains ongoing, and anyone with information about these incidents – or other related incidents – is encouraged to contact Officer Christopher White at Christopher.White@CJ.State.de.us or by calling (302) 576-3681.

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