Feb. 8, 2011 By Christian Murray
Many Sunnyside residents were awoken in the early hours of Monday morning by a low-flying police helicopter.
The helicopter was flying over 42nd and Queens Blvd at 2 a.m. as police were pursuing three teenagers who were tagging the building above Dunkin’ Donuts.
The police tracked them down and arrested them at 41st and Queens Blvd at 2:30 a.m. The three—Jeffery Sanchez, Jonathan Aramis and Aileen Mahmoodi- were all charged with criminal mischief; making graffiti; and possession of a graffiti instrument, police said.
There have been 31 graffiti arrests since the beginning of the year within Police Precinct 108, which covers Sunnyside/Woodside and LIC, according to Lt. Mark Wachter, the 108 precinct’s special operations coordinator.
Of the 72 NYC police precincts, the 108 has made more graffiti arrests than all the other precincts except for the 104, which is based out of Glendale.