Monday, January 16, 2012

Tag, you're it

Graffiti filled fence behind Rao's

Amherst Police arrested two old-enough-to-know-better men late Saturday afternoon for "tagging" this fence behind Rao's Coffee, a popular spot for hipsters and townies to hang out for the great coffee and free wifi.

Thus, is you are going to deface property, you probably should wait until after a popular business closes.
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Cuong Ly, Sunderland, MA, Age 24. Arrested for defacing property, drug possession (class D) and warrant initiated by another agency.

Tyrus Stinson, Belchertown, MA. Age 27. Arrested for defacing property.

Cuong Ly previous exploits

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

Amherst appreciates graffiti (preserved at Amherst Cinema)
Looks like they were adding their designs to a public art display already in progress.

Anonymous said...

Graffiti is the least of it with at least one of these guys. Google Tyrus Stinson and Jayson Stinson... armed home invasion, burglary, stabbing at Amherst College dorm party, stealing from Antonio's tip jar... they've been part of the crime scene for 10 years or so.

Anonymous said...

Actually, Cuong Ly is no upstanding citizen either. Why are these guys out and about? Stabbings, DUI on motorcycle... why are these guys out and about? (And, scarily, together.)

LarryK4 said...

Liberal judges perhaps?

Anonymous said...

Rao's is great but that little area out back can get pretty creepy.

Anonymous said...

I actually try not to walk there after dark, and I'm a youngish, able-bodied person. I don't know how I would feel if I were an older community member heading to the Bangs Center or living in those apartments. This is a situation where beat cops and community policing would really help a lot.

Anonymous said...

Damn! I just realized I am an older community member.

LarryK4 said...

It sneaks up on you.

Anonymous said...

that area is known for drugs. where are the police?

LarryK4 said...

They were there to take these two dudes off the street.

ed said...

cool I need some weed

LarryK4 said...

Once the spotlight comes on, the rats tend to scamper elsewhere.

Anonymous said...

Amherst Cinema building should do something to get rid of the graffiti. Leaving it just spreads more.

Bach said...

grafitti is the ballsiest form of public art

Anonymous said...

This town is really changing and I'm nervous about the level of violence and type of people we are drawing. There certainly must be something that can be done before it is to late and we end up like so many other area towns which are now havens for gangs and crime. As the cities get tougher on criminals they head north.

Anonymous said...

YO THE LIBRARY WAS ON FIIIRE WHEN I GOTS DERE!

Anonymous said...

Really? Well, you can call it artwork when it's on your property.

1952 said...

Why isn't the fence been painted over after every graffiti incident and the area maintained? The long broken lights embedded in cement posts are now being used as tiny trash receptacles/ashtrays and the shrubbery needs attention.

Anonymous said...

Yes, Bach,

Cuong Ly and the other fine upstanding artist will soon be exhibiting their work at MOMA, the BMFA, and several other museums, right after they finish their jail terms for burglary, home invasion, etc. Perhaps their defense for those will be that it was performance art.

Mr. Ly said...

Graffiti and other art forms is essential for our souls. Arts helps connect people together weather if they're conversing about art positive or negative. People learn and grow from it. Not everyone is bad. Art has helped me in so many senses and to place my past into this is irrelevant. Me, Cuong Ly is doing good for myself and for the community I surround myself in...Thanks though.