The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT)

Police: Middletown woman charged with public graffiti

- By Raga Justin

MIDDLETOWN — A Middletown woman has been arrested for vandalism after attempting to graffiti a public sidewalk, police said.

On Oct. 12 around 10:40 p.m., Middletown police said they received a tip of individual­s wearing dark clothing and carrying bags attempting to spray paint a sidewalk near Park Place and Washington Street.

The caller had observed “Keep Klover Free” and “Free Black” spray painted on the sidewalk, police said.

When officers arrived on scene, they said they found an individual matching the caller’s descriptio­n on the corner of Washington Street. and Main Street.

Police said when they approached the individual, later identified as Chanice Reyes, she began crouching down to hide her bag. Officers reported that the bag was filled with spray paint.

Police said Reyes resisted their orders and was “verbally combative and non-compliant” as officers attempted to arrest her, according to the police report. One officer sustained an injury to his finger during the arrest, police said.

According to the police report, officers did an internet search of the term “Keep Klover Free” and found a website with Reyes’ name on it. Her bag also contained stencils matching that phrase and “Free Black.”

Reyes was charged with criminal mischief, interferin­g with an officer and breach of peace, among other charges. She has a previous arrest record with charges related to assaulting police in New York and is being held on a $75,000 bond, according to police.

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