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Teen arrested in connection to gang graffiti sprayed in neighborhood

COVINGTON — Gang graffiti has been spray painted on a road in Fairview Commons subdivision and a 14-year-old is facing juvenile charges as a result.

A resident contacted the Newton County Sheriff’s Office Friday to report that two neighbors on Princeton Court found spray painted graffiti in front of their homes. The woman told deputies that she had seen a young teenager in the area earlier that day shaking a can of spray paint, the incident report states.

Sgt. Michael Cunningham said the 14-year-old juvenile was located and has been charged with criminal trespass.

Cunningham said the words “Spiffy Gang 36 Mill” were painted in front of one home and at another location were the words, “Loker Who —.”

“This is the first time these words have appeared, but we will start our intel database on it,” Cunningham said.

The Newton County Sheriff’s Office launched in November a Gang Tip Line for members of the public to learn more about gang activity and to report any suspicious activity.

The Gang Tip Line is found on the homepage of the Sheriff’s Office website, www.newtonsheriffga.org, under the Quick Links section on the right-hand side of the page. To access the Gang Tip Line, click on “Gang Information,” which will navigate to the site.

Tipsters, who can remain anonymous, can provide as much information as they want as well as upload photos. After submitting the form, tipsters are given an identification number that they use to communicate with the deputies and investigators assigned to work on gang-related incidents. Tipsters will use that ID number and a password to log back into the system and update any information or communicate in real-time with a deputy.

From the Sheriff’s Office side, the information provided by tipsters will be analyzed by NCSO’s crime analyst to determine trends or upticks in suspicious activity in any area. That information is then relayed to deputies and investigators.

In other news, a 16-year-old reported to the Sheriff’s Office that he was jumped by three people Friday afternoon.

“The three went to confront the victim about an incident that occurred at school and that’s when the fight ensued,” Cunningham said.

When deputies arrived, the victim had multiple marks on his face and a busted lip, he said.

Two of the suspects — Domminick Lechar Jefferson, 17, of 80 Greenway Drive, and Emille Francea’u Smith, 17, of 15 Carrington Circle — have been arrested and charged with battery. Cunningham said the third victim had not been identified.