Newton County

Neighbors come home to gang graffiti spray-painted on homes, cars

NEWTON COUNTY, Ga. — People in one Newton County neighborhood woke up to graffiti spray-painted across at least three homes and a car.

Channel 2's Alyssa Hyman spoke with neighbors Thursday as they worked to paint over the vandalism.

“I couldn't believe it when I saw it ‘cause we don't have that in this neighborhood. It’s quiet out here,” neighbor Mary Smith said.

The Newton County Sheriff's Office confirmed to Hyman that it is investigating whether the incident could be gang-related.


A Newton County father was saddened when he discovered the crime and says it has cast a shadow over his quiet neighborhood.

“When I got home, I was just puzzled. I was really broken that something like this would actually happen here,” he said.

He asked us to hide his face for safety. He told Channel 2's Alyssa Hyman he was away last weekend when he got a call from his son that someone spray-painted a gang name on their garage and their car.

“I’m a very private person. I don't bother anyone,” he said.

At least three houses near Stephens Way were vandalized.

Whoever it was, they did more than just vandalize property. Another father told us they also stole valuables from his home.

According to the police report, there is surveillance video and right now but police haven't yet identified any suspects.