Teens indicted on charge of writing anti-gay slurs in Arlington neighborhood

Posted Monday, Oct. 01, 2012  Print Reprints

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FORT WORTH -- A Tarrant County grand jury has indicted four teens accused of writing anti-gay slurs and other vulgar messages on vehicles and homes in an Arlington neighborhood.

The June 10 case involved at least 13 criminal mischief incidents near the 1100 block of Crowley Road in Arlington.

Grand jurors returned the indictments of graffiti causing $1,500 to $20,000 against John Austin Cartwright, 17, of Arlington; Daniel Damian Sibley, 18, of Fort Worth; Seth Stephen Hatcher, 18, of Arlington; and Morgen Rae Aubuchon, 18, of Arlington.

The charge is a state jail felony.

Trials are now pending for the four teens, according to Tarrant County criminal court records.

A fifth teen, a 16-year-old girl, surrendered to authorities in late June and was turned over to Tarrant County juvenile authorities. She is not being identified because she is a juvenile. The status of the juvenile charges against her was unavailable on Monday.

Home surveillance cameras caught the teens in the act, Arlington police have said. Police are treating the case as a hate crime.

A video shows the teens spray-painting property, and another video shows a vehicle that police believe the teens had used that morning, police said.

Authorities have said that some of the teens lived in the neighborhood but that investigators did not have evidence that they knew their victims.

Police say they believe that at least one house was targeted because a lesbian couple lives there. The other graffiti painted in the northwest Arlington neighborhood included racial slurs, hateful messages and derogatory images.

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763

Twitter: @mingoramirezjr

1100 block of Crowley Road, Arlington, TX
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