Suspect in Arlington graffiti case turns himself in

07/25/2014 8:48 PM

07/25/2014 8:49 PM

The teenage suspect in a recent outbreak of spray-painted graffiti in Arlington and White Settlement residential neighborhoods turned himself in on Friday, police reported.

Trevor Zane Collinsworth, 17, was accompanied by his attorney, police said. He was released from the Tarrant County Jail after posting a bond, a jail staff member said. He faces two felony graffiti charges relating to spray-painting on a church and school.

A storage shed at Grace Covenant Church in the 3400 block of West Interstate 20 was sprayed with the words “Diesel, Compton Varrio Taco Flats” and the letters VCS, CVTF and PT in black ink.

Wood Elementary School in the 3300 block of Pimlico was one of the structures sprayed with neon-orange and black paint. The letters VTF followed by x3 were sprayed on nine houses, two vehicles, two utility boxes and the school.

Graffiti/school and graffiti/place of worship are both state jail felonies. He could face other charges after investigators total up the damage, police said.

White Settlement police also reported three cases of VTF graffiti on homes and a water tower about the same time as the Arlington tagging.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, investigators spoke with Collinsworth’s mother, who said her son had been painting furniture with orange and black spray paint purchased by her boyfriend.

After searching her garage, police found the head- and footboard of a bed painted neon orange, according the the affidavit.

The affidavit stated that Collinsworth was kicked out of the house within the next week and sent to live with his father in White Settlement, and threw the paint cans in the garbage.

Detectives searched Collinsworth’s bedroom and saw sketches throughout this room, one with the word Diesel written in large print along with other words and phrases consistent with the graffiti, the affidavit said.

On Collinsworth’s Twitter feed, Instagram account and Facebook page, investigators found profile names that included the word Diesel.

Investigators noted that Collinsworth’s Arlington residence is less than a block away from Grace Covenant Church, the affidavit said.

White Settlement police did not immediately respond on Friday to a request for comment.

Staff writer Monica S. Nagy contributed to this report.

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