The bus on the left was stoppped and vacated after a youth was found tagging

Police cars, emergency vans and police converged at the 24th Street BART plaza Thursday at 12:40 p.m. after a teenager on the 14 Mission was caught tagging inside the bus, according to the driver.

An officer at the scene said an undercover officer on the bus saw a 12 to 13-year-old at the back of the bus tagging.  He went to stop the juvenile, but the teenager pulled the escape lever on a window and tried to leave.

The officer was able to restrain him before he got through the window and the suspect is in custody.

The bus was taken out of service at 24th Street, emptied and police were looking for witnesses.

When someone at the scene complained of all the commotion for a tagging incident, a strawberry vendor watching it said, “There has to be order.”

The 14 Mission was headed south on Mission when the incident occurred.

Rigoberto Hernandez

Rigoberto Hernandez is a journalism student at San Francisco State University. He has interned at The Oregonian and The Orange County Register, but prefers to report on the Mission District. In his spare...

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8 Comments

  1. there was a time and place with a peace officer could handle one kid drawing on the walls.

  2. Punk kids doing what punk kids do, but this behavior is what both spreads and aggravates gang activity. Yes, there has to be order. No one should have to ride on a bus that gets tagged so often, it looks like a slumyard.

  3. 12 or 13 years is a punk kid? If he was drawing Spongebob let’s loosen up the grip, but if anything was gang affiliated feel free to pull out the paddle.

  4. HELLO! Tagging graffiti and gang banging are two completely different things. Tagger kids arent necessarily gang related. Get with it.

  5. How about all the dumb 25 year old white kids doing this stuff? They’re the same ones riding skateboards….at 25? Pulllease…

  6. If I were tsar, graffiti vandals would be shot. Short of that, intense community service for them and their parents.

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