Vandalism spree impacts Lafayette neighborhood

Multiple cases of vandalism spanned the Edgelea neighborhood over the weekend.

Posted: Aug 13, 2018 6:39 PM
Updated: Aug 14, 2018 9:24 AM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Multiple cases of vandalism spanned the Edgelea neighborhood over the weekend.
Police were present throughout the day filing reports of cars and homes being spray-painted. After the weekend's events, many residents are in disbelief.

"They've hit too many cars and structures throughout the entire neighborhood," said Paxton Whitaker. He was one of several residents who woke up to find their cars and homes vandalized. Gang mentions and acronyms such as LPDK, meaning Lafayette Police Department Killers were spray painted across the neighborhood.

Paxton Whitaker works a third shift job and didn't realize his car was vandalized until he parked under a light. "I saw something on my windshield and I pulled the windshield wiper trying to get it to go and it wouldn't go. Finally, I got out, looked around, walked around and I looked. It was just spray painted," said Whitaker

In what he considers a usually quiet neighborhood, the event caught Ryan Zink off-guard.
"I've lived in this house for about three years now and since I've lived here we haven't really had any issues going on around here," said Zink.

Video surveillance footage Saturday night from Zink's home shows what he claims are three suspects, wearing hooded sweatshirts.
"A little after 3 am, come down the road, spray painted the road, and then proceeded to head on down the road and spray painted my neighbor's truck that was sitting actually pretty much right outside of my house," said Zink.


Residents believe they know who some of the suspects may be, but Zink hopes they get proper answers from the police.
"I'd like to find out who did it and maybe see some justice. Make them do some community service or something to pay back some of these people," added Zink.

No arrests have been made, but police are in the process of identifying two individuals for questioning. If you have any information, you are encouraged to call the Lafayette Police Department or use the anonymous WeTip Hotline.

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