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Decoded graffiti points EPD officers toward suspect

James Oviedo Williams. Source: Evansville Police Department James Oviedo Williams. Source: Evansville Police Department

Evansville Police have arrested 24-year-old James Oviedo Williams on the charge of Criminal Mischief following an investigation into Tuesday nights' graffiti activity on the west side.

Officers received three reports of vandalism around 8:00 P.M. 

One of the graffiti targets was the EPD west sector office.    

During one of the incidents, a victim confronted the suspect and told officers that several shots were fired as the suspect fled the scene. At least two witnesses were able to give a car description.

At approximately 11:40pm the same night, officers were dispatched to a possible shots fired run near 5th and Dresden.

The suspect left in a car matching the description from the earlier incidents. Patrol officers stopped the suspect car near Oakley and Columbia St. No weapons were found.

The driver, Thomas Clayton, was arrested for Felony OMVWI. His passenger was identified as James O. Williams.

Based on information gathered at the scene, officers believed Williams may have been involved in the earlier graffiti incidents, but there was not enough evidence to make an arrest at the time.

Investigators from the Gang Task Force were notified due to the graffiti being gang related. The investigators checked into William's background and found he had recently moved to Evansville from Las Vegas Nevada.

Officers noted several tattoos on Williams that showed gang affiliation. The gang Task Force contacted the Las Vegas Gang unit and they confirmed that Williams belonged to the "22nd St' gang. He was also affiliated with Malditos 13 Surenos. 

The "22nd St" and the Malditos 13 Surenos emblems were part of the markings in the graffiti reported on Tuesday.

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