LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Several weeks after saying there was no solid evidence of gang activity around Columbian Park, Lafayette police now say there may be evidence of gangs in the area. Since Saturday, officers have had almost a dozen reports of graffiti.
Police say the graffiti spells out 4CH, which they believe stands for the gang Four Corner Hustlers. Lt. Tim Payne says police have known that there are people who claim to be members of that gang in the area.
Payne says in just the last four days, there have been 11 reports of this type of vandalism. He says one resident's detached garage was tagged with graffiti. Payne says there have also been derogatory messages left for the police.
You may remember back two weeks ago, News 18 reported on some fights around Columbian Park . At the time, police couldn't confirm if those fights were gang related or not. But Payne says now, the graffiti with the gang acronym could be a different story.
"We don't know who's doing it, so we can't confirm that it is a gang that's doing it or not just an individual that's acting as a gang member, but that would be the difference from the news story a few weeks ago -- the graffiti," said Payne.
Lafayette Parks Superintendent Ted Bumbleburg says the basketball hoops have been removed at Columbian Park. He said there was a lot of foul language being used and some graffiti was discovered. He said removing the hoops is the best way to provide a safe environment for the people at the park and the residents nearby.
Payne said the police have stepped up foot, bike and car patrols in the area.
Anybody who notices graffiti or any suspicious activity should call the Lafayette police. There's also an anonymous We Tip hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME.
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