GRAFFITI ISN'T ART -- it’s vandalism.
That’s the message Savannah-Chatham Metro Police are trying to convey after a 24-year-old Savannah resident was arrested and charged with a felony after he defaced the city’s newest parking garage at Whitaker and Bryan streets. The same tag, which resembles a screaming face, was also found on the side of a Bank of America building near Johnson Square days earlier.
Darron Christopher Willson was arrested and faces the felony charge of Interference with Government Property and Criminal Trespass. A concerned citizen who saw Willson tagging the garage alerted police who were walking the beat in the area. A large red paint marker was found in Willson’s possession.
If caught tagging, a suspect can end up with a felony conviction that will stay with him or her for life. The department takes the crime seriously because “it can cause unease and fear in a community.”
Persons who see a tagger or graffiti should report them.
City residents can call 3-1-1, and county residents can call County Public Works at 652-6840. If someone is seen actively defacing property, call 9-1-1 for immediate police response.
A woman told police a neighbor was harassing her. She said she was house-sitting for a cousin who has an apartment on Tibet Avenue when the downstairs neighbor began banging on his ceiling.
She said the man has repeatedly made complaints against her to the apartment complex management, saying she makes a lot of noise during the night, which keeps him from going to sleep. She said that only she and her brother stay in the apartment and never get really loud. The woman said the neighbor also made accusations about her firing gun shots in the area.
When contacted by police, the neighbor said he banged the ceiling after hearing “a bunch of noise.” He said the police have responded at least three times before for this type of incident, but the woman said the police had only been called once.
A man called police to report that someone had tried to take advantage of his mother, who lives in a nursing home. He told the suspect that his mother isn’t competent to handle any type of business.
Despite the warning, the suspect went to the nursing home and somehow obtained the woman’s bank information. When one of her CDs matured, the suspect had a check issued to his company.
The man said he had the bank put a stop-payment on the check and also filed a fraud complaint with the bank. He told police he was very upset about the matter and is concerned that the suspect may have already done this to other elderly people.
A Marcy Court resident rented a room to a man. About a week later, her daughter moved back into her house, and the daughter and tenant couldn’t get along.
The tenant called police when the daughter threatened him. He said she doesn’t like him and began yelling at him to leave.
When she wouldn’t leave him alone, he told her he was going to call her probation officer. He went in his room and locked the door, and she began kicking the door and yelling, saying she was going to kill him.
The tenant called 911. When police arrived, the daughter said the man treats her mother and his girlfriend badly, and she was trying to stick up for them.
She admitted telling the man to leave and kicking the door, but insisted she made no threats.
The officer told her she couldn’t fight other people’s battles and that only her mother could ask the tenant to leave. The mother said the two are always arguing, and suggested her daughter spend the night with a friend.
The daughter refused to leave and went to bed. The tenant said he would move out the next day.
Give anonymous crime tips to Crimestoppers at 234-2020