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New Haven residents speak out after being targeted with graffiti

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New Haven PD are looking for this man who allegedly sprayed graffiti on numerous buildings. (New Haven PD) New Haven PD are looking for this man who allegedly sprayed graffiti on numerous buildings. (New Haven PD)
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WFSB) -

A New Haven community expressed outrage Friday after sexual graffiti was spray painted on buildings numerous times.

The most recent tagging occurred across from a synagogue.

City officials said the graffiti first appeared during the winter and has become more frequent in recent weeks.

The graffiti has appeared on abandoned buildings, businesses and an apartment complex on Whalley Avenue.

One of the markings was the word "penis" and others were graphic images of genitalia.

Channel 3's Matt McFarland spoke with residents who said they're fed up.

Rafael Munoz of New Haven said he's offended by the graffiti.

"Its degrading, it's downright degrading, upsetting to the whole community," said Munoz.

Alan Richard Furlow said he's glad police are working to stop the graffiti.

"This is not artwork, it's offensive, it's vulgar, and it's illegal and I appreciate the work LCI is doing along with the police department, to make sure it's eliminated in this area," said Furlow.

The New Haven Livable City Initiative has worked hard to clean up the paint.

Evan Trachten with the LCI said the tagging needs to be stopped.

"Any graffiti is frowned upon but certainly when it's this type of stuff we want to jump on it and eliminate it immediately," said Trachten.

Police said they now have a possible suspect because of a traffic control box that was tagged by the culprit.

They camera on the traffic control box caught the person urinating on a neighboring synagogue.

When he realized he was being filmed by the camera, he sprayed it to black it out.

Police said the vandal sprayed six locations that night.

Anyone with information is urged to contact New Haven police.

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