Peachtree City teen charged in multiple graffiti incidents

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The photo above shows one of the graffiti tags left by a Starr's Mill High School student arrested Feb. 7 on multiple charges. Photo/Peachtree City Police Dept.
The photo above shows one of the graffiti tags left by a Starr's Mill High School student arrested Feb. 7 on multiple charges. Photo/Peachtree City Police Dept.

‘Pete’ turns out to be Pierre-Raphael from Starr’s Mill

Peachtree City police have arrested a Starr’s Mill High School student on multiple charges relating to numerous graffiti incidents where the word “Pete” was used.

Pierre-Raphael Benjamin Porzio, 17, of Aster Ridge Trail in Peachtree City, was charged with 10 counts of interference with government property and five counts of criminal trespass, according to Peachtree City Police Department spokesman Chris Hyatt.

Hyatt said Porzio was arrested on Feb. 7 for his involvement with graffiti incidents within Peachtree City involving the word “Pete.”

Hyatt said the arrest was made possible by a tip provided by a local citizen.

Peachtree City police last week offered a $1,000 cash reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the individual responsible.

What appears to be the most recent example of graffiti that includes “Pete” was found Jan. 28 on the Lake Peachtree spillway, the northernmost area where graffiti has been discovered, said Hyatt.

Other examples of the same handiwork include:

Graffiti was found Jan. 26 behind Panasonic Automotive Systems on Ga. Highway 74 South, with “Pete” tagged on a storm drain on the cart path, according to police reports.

A Jan. 27 police report noted that graffiti was found on three railroad electrical boxes near Dividend Drive and Aviation Way, with “Pete” sprayed in black paint, police reports said.

Also on Jan. 27, graffiti referencing “Pete” was found on electrical boxes at a business on Dividend Drive, reports said.

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