Grand Junction: Gangland?

By: Joe Gagnon Email
By: Joe Gagnon Email

Last August 11 News brought you a report of gang activity in Clifton
and this weekend more than 30 businesses woke up to North Avenue littered with spray paint.

More than 30 businesses were covered in gang symbols starting Friday night.

From the Veteran's Affairs Hospital all the way down to Wal–Mart, poles and signs are tagged up in gang symbols.

Last August, 11 News took a look at 32 1/8th Road in Clifton and the common markings of the Surenos and Nortenos rival street gangs.

Those exact markings are spread throughout North Avenue, including the street-side sign at the Shamrock Motel, who now has to clean it up.

While the graffiti is done by at least two people from rival gangs, there is one arrest so far.

According to Grand Junction Police, they received a phone call that 30-year-old Gregory Johnson was spray painting businesses Friday night.
Johnson was arrested near 29 Road allegedly as he was painting big, red "E"s and "S"s on his 30th business that evening. Those are symbols for the East Side Bloods Gang.

"It appears these are gang–related," says Kate Porras of the Grand Junction Police Department. "We are seeing an increase of gang–related tags."

11 News learned in August gangs are in Mesa County, and now, they are trying more and more to get noticed.

If you are one of the businesses hit with graffiti, you don't need to pay for it to get it cleaned up, call 970-243-WASH and an abatement team from the City of Grand Junction will come out and remove the graffiti.

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