2003-07-04 / Front Page

Spray-Paint Punks Caught

Red Handed
Cops Find Wet Paint Graffiti at Several Rockaway Locations
By Brian Magoolaghan
Spray-Paint Punks Caught Red Handed Cops Find Wet Paint Graffiti at Several Rockaway Locations By Brian Magoolaghan

Red Handed
Cops Find Wet Paint Graffiti at Several Rockaway Locations


The graffiti on the wall at Beach 116 Street was just one example of the work of two men from outside the peninsula who went on a graffiti spree in Rockaway last weekend.The graffiti on the wall at Beach 116 Street was just one example of the work of two men from outside the peninsula who went on a graffiti spree in Rockaway last weekend.

Police busted a pair of aged vandals early last Sunday after an officer caught one of them spray-painting a vehicle, while the other stood around with red paint on his hands, court records say.

Todd Zielinski, 27, of 78-44 78 St. and Richard C. Hage, 30, of 78-37 65 St., both in Glendale, were arrested by officers from the 100 Precinct, and charged with third degree criminal mischief, making graffiti and possession of graffiti instruments.

The pair allegedly went on a spray-paint spree, to memorialize a friend, during which they also damaged several areas on Beach 116 Street, the boardwalk and Beach Channel Drive at Beach 111 Street.

Officer Charles A. Feldman said he witnessed Zielinski writing "MX" and "RIP" on a truck on Beach Channel Drive, according to a deposition filed in Queens Criminal Court. He said he approached the vehicle and that Zielinski ditched a can of black spray-paint, and fled with Hage.

Upon apprehending the suspects, Feldman said he found Hage’s hands had red paint on them; some of the other graffiti, which Feldman said had not yet dried, was done with red spray-paint, according to the deposition.

Feldman also said Zielinski told him he "did the graffiti for a friend who died."

Zielinski and Hage were arraigned before Queens Criminal Court Judge Pauline Mullings later that day. Zielinski was released on his own recognizance, while Hage’s bail was set at $15,000 bond and $500 cash. Their next court date is July 16.

Neither defendant could be reached for comment at press time.


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