Two teens suspected of N-word graffiti

JONESBORO, Ark. – An incident reported in Jonesboro involved graffiti spelling out an unacceptable racist term allegedly by two teens identified to police.

On Monday, the report by JPD was taken at the 5000-block of Friendship Circle. The complainant, a 34-year-old black woman, said sometime Monday, someone wrote “nig*er” on the road in front of her house and gate beside her home, the incident report said.

The woman put it on the neighborhood Facebook page and was able to determine who she believed to be the suspects. Two juvenile suspects, a 15-year-old female and a 14-year-old male, both white, were identified by the resident. She also said she later saw them at the gate and asked them if they had written it. The alleged victim said the girl began screaming at her and trying to fight her. The girl then allegedly said she was going to get her mom to beat up the resident.

As the officer was getting the details, the mother showed up to get the rowdy 15-year-old girl, who had left the scene before police arrived. The mother left to search for her and later returned with the girl, “hanging out of the window yelling at the complainant,” the report said. The girl was criminally banned from the residence and threatened with arrest by Officer Susan Gray if her behavior wasn’t immediately brought under control.

However, there was a silver lining to the story.

The father of the 14-year-old boy was contacted. A short time later, he and his son arrived. They were carrying cleaning materials to clean up the hateful message. The 14-year-old was apologetic, Gray reported, and seemed remorseful. He was criminally banned from the property as well.

The case was forwarded to the juvenile division. The charges listed in the report which could apply to both teens include misdemeanor first degree criminal mischief, harassment, and disorderly conduct.

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