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Vandal hits Chula Vista neighborhood again

Posted at 7:23 PM, Apr 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-21 22:23:07-04

An eye-opening message painted on the side of a work truck is the latest tag in a barrage of graffiti invading a quiet neighborhood in Chula Vista.

"It's pretty upsetting. It's like somebody punched you in the stomach," said James Attaway.

On Tuesday morning, Attaway walked out of his home on Melrose Avenue and saw that his plumbing truck had been vandalized with yellow spray paint.

Included in the tag sprayed across his truck was the phrase "Remember me B****," followed by two initials that Attaway knows well.

"The neighborhood's all upset. It's really disconcerting," said Attaway.

Graffiti tagged with those same initials have tormented his neighborhood for years -- from walls and sidewalks, to utility poles, tress and Emma Leos' fence.

"We come out and there's graffiti on the wall every time," said Leos. "It's not a good image to begin with. No one wants to go to a neighborhood and see graffiti on the walls."

Chula Vista police told 10News it's not gang-related graffiti.

"When you see something like this happening, it makes you feel unsafe and it makes you feel threatened," said Attaway.

As Attaway remembers it, the tagger slowed down about six months ago, but recently started back up again.

Attaway was able to remove most of the paint, but he worries what the tagger will target next.

"If they're going to start attacking vehicles, who's next on the street?" said Attaway.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477 or Chula Vista police at 619-422-TIPS.

NOTE: 10News is not revealing the initials to avoid giving the vandal extra attention.