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Police make arrest in Red Rock vandalism case


Courtesy Friends of Red Rock Canyon

Damage is shown after vandals used spray paint on historic rock art panels at Red Rock Canyon.

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Damage is shown after vandals used spray paint on historic rock art panels at Red Rock Canyon.

Metro Police arrested a juvenile Wednesday in connection with graffiti recently found on ancient rock art panels at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

Because the suspect is a juvenile, police were not releasing more details, Metro spokesman Bill Cassell said.

The crime carries a possible five-year jail sentence and a fine up to $100,000, authorities said.

Police previously said the graffiti was associated with a local gang sometimes referred to as the “Nasty Habits Crew.”

Police said the gang identifies itself by the letters “NHC,” which also has other meanings.

The vandals use the graffiti monikers of “RODO,” “64C” and “PWE,” which can be spelled “Pee Wee,” police said.

The Red Rock art panels — varying in size from 3-by-6 feet to 8-by-9 feet — were covered with maroon spray paint. The vandalism happened in the Willow Spring/Lost Creek area, officials said.

The panels included pictographs, paintings and drawings on rock, and petroglyphs, drawings scraped and ground onto the surface of the rock. All were severely damaged, officials said.

The drawings could date back to A.D. 1000 and were probably made by prehistoric archaeological cultures that lived in the area, such as the Virgin Anasazi or the Paiute.

The Bureau of Land Management estimated the restoration will cost about $10,000. The vandalism is the most severe case in Red Rock in the past several years.

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  1. Cutoff the thumbs is what Goodman would say and I'm inclined to agree.

  2. If I had my way this guys new gang moniker would be stubs or stumpy.

  3. Chunky says:

    He'd be happy to "rehabilitate" this young man and his friends so that they better appreciate the ancient people and their work.

    These maggots of society are way beyond parental control at this point and well on their way to prison whether for this crime or another.

    Whoever the Judge is that gets this case should know the eyes of Vegas are watching and expecting serious punishment. This is a great way to gain or lose votes!

    That's what Chunky thinks!

  4. I'm glad that they caught this delinquent. I hope his arrest deters anyone else who considers defacing ancient art or artifacts.

  5. If it turns out that the individual in custody actually is responsible for this abomination, I agree that the harshest possible punishment needs to meted out. Since we don't have Sharia law here in the United States, no court is going to order the amputation of digits as punishment, as good as that may sound. I agree with Chunky, that this kid is too far gone, too imbued and indoctrinated into the gang/criminal culture to be rehabilitated. Still he needs to do the maximum sentence in a juvenile facility. Unfortunately, it will probably end up being a finishing school, he will probably end up doing more crime and more time, ultimately in state or federal prison. Even more importantly here is that the parents are held financially responsible for this. Fine them heavily and make sure that the court takes every dime of disposable income from them. Should they not comply with the court or attempt to evade payment, they need to spend some time in the slammer also. Then, publicize their punishment widely in the community, it's the only hope of getting a handle on this problem. I don't know enough about what can be done to repair the damage, someone correct me if I am wrong but I would suspect that the damage although able to be mitigated somewhat, is irreversible. That these drawings dating to 1000AD, will never be put back in their original condition after this dastardly act of vandalism.

  6. I agree, some digits need to be removed.

  7. Why would you want to hold the parents responsible, the one that did this is the only one to be held accountable. His gang is the one who helped him do this not the parents and what if he was the award of the state who do you go after there, No he and his gang did this and those are the ones that should be punished.

    If we start to go after the parents where will it stop at the grand parents the uncles and aunts maybe the brother and so on.

    I don't want the the thumbs cut off I was merely being sarcastic, But how stupid can a person get that does this and they pen there name to it.

    Here is an idea for a reality show take these Vandal want to be gangsters when convicted and make them clean up the tagging around town not just theirs but what ever is there and treat them like criminals don't treat them like employee's and film this and if they try to lay down and not do the work then they can go with out eating that day or sleep on the floor or something that's not harmful, no phone or TV or computer privileges.

    Then the world can see that these are punks and there really isn't anything to be afraid of.

  8. Now that they have caught "PeeWee" hopefully our DA won't play catch and release with this punk.

    It is time that they make a serious example out of one of their guys.

    They cost Clark County taxpayers over THIRTY MILLION DOLLARS each year. They also make our city look ghetto. Time to take a firm stand and do something about this nonsense.

  9. Chunky says:

    Parent ARE responsible for their children and the actions of their children until they are of age or out on their own.

    Maybe if parents were held strictly accountable for the actions and performance of their children from day-one, we'd have less of this kind of stuff going on. Parents need to pay attention to their kids, their actions and who they are hanging out with. You can't convince Chunky that the signs of this action were have not been written on the wall ( no pun ) in this kid's life for a while now.

    Kids will be kids but an act of this nature defies immaturity or carelessness and reflects a poor upbringing, lack of respect, lack of education and a in-your-face blatant disregard for what is right from wrong. These maggots of society didn't simply have a momentary lapse of judgment.

    That's what Chunky thinks and then some!

  10. If we don't start going after the parents, we'll be commenting next month or next year, about the next atrocious act of vandalism, and the next, ad infinitum. A parent should not get a free pass to let their children run wild in the streets, vandalizing and terrorizing the community. Nip it in the bud early. There is such a thing as negligent parenting.

  11. Chunky says:

    He's glad to see that he and Mr. Iamwinkler can occasionally agree ;-}

    That's what Chunky thinks!