Arlington Police Make Arrest For Racist Graffiti

Alan Scaia
August 30, 2019 - 6:47 am
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ARLINGTON (1080 KRLD) - Arlington police say they have arrested a man who admitted to spraying racist graffiti along East Arkansas Lane this week.

Arlington Police Chief Will Johnson said the department was investigating the case as a hate crime after the graffiti was found Tuesday.

"We take these very seriously, and I think our police chief has indicated we'll vigorously pursue those accused of committing these offenses and bring them to justice," says Lieutenant Chris Cook.

Thursday evening, Cook says a man turned himself in.

"What was unique in this particular case is the suspect who ended up being charged actually approached one of our officers who was on the scene investigating and asked him to run him for some warrants," he says.

Edward Gutierrez, 34, was arrested for a misdemeanor charge of graffiti, but Cook says that charge could be increased to a felony as police tally damage to walls and signs along Arkansas.

If Gutierrez is convicted, a jury would then consider whether to label the graffiti a hate crime during the punishment phase.