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LPD: Truck possibly set on fire intentionally, graffiti spray-painted on home

Lafayette police said a man woke up to his truck on fire and possible gang graffiti on his home early Saturday morning. Lafayette police believe it was intentional.

Posted: Sep 24, 2018 12:43 PM
Updated: Sep 24, 2018 1:24 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Lafayette police said a man woke up to his truck on fire and possible gang graffiti on his home early Saturday morning. Lafayette police said it could be intentional. 

Police and fire crews were called to a home in the 3000 block of Walton Street around 3 a.m Saturday. That is in a neighborhood near 18th Street and Twyckenham Boulevard. Police said a man in the home parked his truck outside around 7 p.m. Friday. The man was woken up saturday morning  by someone beating on a window.

According to Sgt. Matt Gard, the letters "GDK" were painted on the front of the home. Gard said traditionally, GDK refers to "gangster disciple killers." The letters were spray-painted on a Bob Goldsmith political sign and on homes in the Edgelea neighborhood in the past few weeks. Gard was unable to say if the three incidents were related. 

Lafayette fire inspector Todd Trent said he can't say for sure if it was intentional, but they are reviewing circumstantial evidence. Trent said the truck was a Dodge Dually Ram, valued around $70,000. He said the fire was contained to the cab area.

Trent said an electrical engineer is reviewing the case. 

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