Police Arrest Five Boys Suspected Of Gang Activity at Twain Middle

From today''s Metro section:

Fairfax County police said yesterday that they have arrested five boys ages 12 to 14 suspected of gang activity at Mark Twain Middle School in the Alexandria area of Fairfax County in recent months.
Police said gang-related graffiti were scribbled in a boys' bathroom at the school in January. A 12-year-old and a 13-year-old were charged with destruction of a public building.
Upon further investigation, police said, they found additional gang activity. This month, two 13-year-olds and a 14-year-old were charged with gang participation and gang recruitment. Police said the recruitment occurred at the school.
In a separate case, graffiti were sprayed on buildings at Robert E. Lee High School in early December, shortly after a homicide occurred outside a nearby Springfield Mall restaurant. In late February, police said they charged three men and one juvenile with felony property destruction and gang participation. The men are Tarim Najimi, 28, of Springfield, Harold Guanilo, 21, of Alexandria, and Carlos Perea, 22, of Arlington County. No one has been charged in the homicide.
-- Tom Jackman

By Focus on Fairfax |  March 26, 2008; 9:46 AM ET  | Category:  Crime , Schools
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