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Grand jury charges four Texas teens with felony graffiti in anti-gay crime spree

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

FORT WORTH, Texas — A grand jury on Monday indicted four teens who stand accused of writing anti-gay slurs and other vulgar messages on vehicles and homes in an Arlington, Texas neighborhood earlier this year.

Tarrant County grand jurors returned the indictments of felonious graffiti causing $1,500 to $20,000 in damages against John Austin Cartwright, 17, Seth Stephen Hatcher, 18, and Morgen Rae Aubuchon, 18, all of Arlington. Daniel Damian Sibley, 18, of Fort Worth, was also indicted.

One of the targeted vehicles was at the home of a family of a same-sex couple.
The back of the couple’s car included a sticker of two moms, a child, and a dog.

According to court records, the June 10 case involved at least 13 criminal mischief incidents near the 1100 block of Crowley Road in Arlington. All of the defendants now are awaiting trial(s).

A fifth teen, a 16-year-old girl, surrendered to Arlington Police investigators and was turned over to juvenile authorities. She was not identified because she is a juvenile and the status of the juvenile charges against her was unavailable as of Monday.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that home surveillance cameras caught the teens in the act, according to Arlington police. Police are treating the case as a hate crime.

[ad1]A video shows the teens spray-painting property, and another video shows a vehicle that police believe the teens had used that morning, police said.

Authorities have said that some of the teens lived in the neighborhood, but that investigators did not have evidence that they knew their victims.

Police said they believe that at least one house was targeted because a lesbian couple lives there. The other graffiti painted in the northwest Arlington neighborhood included racial slurs, hateful messages and derogatory images.

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21 more reader comments:

  1. they shouldnt do the crime if they dont want to do the time and it shows they were not raised by caring parents as well

    Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 5:22pm
  2. Good

    Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 5:29pm
  3. Good

    Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 5:32pm
  4. I didn’t know there was such a thing as felony graffiti.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 5:34pm
  5. Baptists.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 5:35pm
  6. it all comes down to LOVE

    Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 5:36pm
  7. Is that a capital offense in Texas?

    Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 5:37pm
  8. Little homophobic bastards got what was coming to them.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 5:42pm
  9. So sad because those kids are still children, and their minds have been poisoned by hateful dinner table banter. They should take a look at the parents here too!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 5:43pm
  10. you guys would get much more respect if you weren’t so bigoted about Christian rights. And so pro muslim. FYI

    Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 5:45pm
  11. “Christian” rights? Please, no one has the right to enforce their beliefs unto anyone. And not all Christians, like myself are anti-gay homophobes.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 5:49pm
  12. Christian Rights…MY PINK ASS! I am so Sick and Tired of hearing from Christian Morons like you that say There is a War against you cause we are gay! It’s you FAKE Christians Who think that you are the end all and be all of everything!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 5:52pm
  13. And what does pro-Muslim have anything to do with this?? Hmm???

    Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 5:53pm
  14. Christians are ignorant. Over a billion different gods and religions came before theirs.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 6:06pm
  15. just because they were indited by a grand jury doesn’t mean they got their do. This is Texas remembver

    Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 6:08pm
  16. In Texas, it was probably miraculous that they have been charged.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 6:47pm
  17. that is good…!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 8:19pm
  18. Their parents should have taught them better!!

    Posted on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 4:59am
  19. Justice would be to educate them on Queer history, unfair Gay rights and freedoms, Have them work in a Gay community center if there is one, show them that we are just regular everyday folks with different likes and loves. Education is the key to eradicating the fear thus the Biggotism. Giving them jail time or fines(If that happens) won`t change their views which again are fed by fears. Really sad to see this kind of hatred.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 5:29am
  20. ha ha

    Posted on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 6:43am
  21. I hope that Texas really does something.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 7:09am