Ex-con nabbed for tagging Queens liquor store with anti-Asian graffiti: NYPD
An ex-con with nearly 100 prior arrests has been busted for spray-painting an anti-Asian message on the security gate of a Queens liquor store, police said Thursday.
Angel Mario, 39, tagged the Mott Avenue Liquor and Wine shop with the phrase, “F–k you, g–k,” on the night of April 19 after he got off the A train in Far Rockaway.
As Mario waited for the bus at Mott Ave. and Beach Channel Dr., cops say he pulled out a black spray can from his backpack and painted the slur on the gate.
When the bus pulled in, he put his can away and got on.
Mario was arrested Wednesday and charged with hate crime graffiti, aggravated harassment and criminal mischief, according to cops.
Police later released to the media a surveillance photo of the suspect, then identified him
He was also charged with spray-painting “Vasco,” his apparent tag, on the same block on April 19, police said.
Police said Vasco’s arrest record dates back to 1996, when he was first arrested, again for spray-painting graffiti.
Records show he served four years in state prison for selling drugs in Manhattan and was released in 2012. More recently, he was paroled in May 2020 for a grand larceny conviction, also in Manhattan, for which he was sentenced to one to three years.