Photo of ‘Statue – Fingerprint of a Vandal’ by PoPville flickr user mosley.brian
Tagging and illegal graffiti are one of those occasional hot topics that affect a large portion of our citizens in varying degrees. It’s a very visible indicator of disorder, but is extremely hard for law enforcement to address in a comprehensive manner. It is underreported as a crime, even though the city, small businesses, BIDs and citizens spend significant resources to combat it.
Given that, I want to give kudos to our 5D Vice Officer Jonathan Jordan, who arrested a major player in DC’s tagging/graffiti subculture Sunday morning. Known by the moniker Asad ULTRA Walker, aka “MAR5”, this subject is a leader and founding member of the “KGB” graffiti crew that dates back to at least the early 90s. Current members of this crew are responsible for a huge amount of the graffiti across the city, including the Shaw, Columbia Heights, Brookland and Eckington neighborhoods. I’m sure many of you will recognize the “MAR5” and “KGB” tags.
I encourage the 5D community to report tagging and illegal graffiti as the crimes they are. I also want to recognize the excellent work by Officer Jordan and provide his contact information in case anyone has additional questions or information. He can be reached at [email protected] Hopefully, with the community’s help, we can take additional steps to combat this disorder.
Sergeant Jon Dorrough