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VAMP faces 1 year in jail

January 20, 2005

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From the New York Post:

Miguel Camacho, 29, of Forest Hills — who uses the graffiti tag “VAMP” — was given 60 reasons why scribbling on public property is still categorized as vandalism.
Police accused him of that many acts of criminal mischief after a six-month investigation, although Camacho was charged with six counts.
The graffiti caused approximately $10,000 to $15,000 in damage, cops said. Camacho faces a year in jail and a $1,000 fine.

From Newsday:

The arrest comes on the heels of a larger crackdown announced last week by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, echoed by Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, who put graffiti artists “on notice.”
During the questioning, investigators showed Camacho an array of more than 100 photographs they took as evidence of his tags.
Camacho seemed impressed with his body of work, Conforti said, and asked if he could get copies of the photographs as a personal keepsake.
“We respectfully declined his request,” Conforti said.
During the investigation, Conforti assumed VAMP was shorthand for a vampire since the tagger struck almost exclusively at night.
“He corrected us,” Conforti said. “He said he meant the word as a burst of energy, that ‘vamps out’ when he gets in the mood.”
Police arrested the other alleged members of the WRB crew last summer: Khoi Le, 18, who went by the tag CORE; and a boy who was 15 at the time of arrest who used the tag NEPS.


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