Staunton Business Owners React to Graffiti Arrests

By: Philip Townsend Email
By: Philip Townsend Email

Walls that were once splashed with graffiti are now covered with fresh paint at End Keepers Extras in Staunton.

However, that took a day of work and hundreds of dollars for owner Michael Organ.

Organ says, "I was very frustrated. These are not the best of economic times and that was one expense I didn't need to endure."

Organ was one of many Staunton business owners that became the target of recent wall tagging in the city.

Officers believe Christopher Holcomb and Sahvannah Nargi are to blame. However, the crime has a surprising twist.

Despite it being illegal, a long-time Staunton artist told Organ that the graffiti left on his building was some of the best local art he had seen.

Organ adds, "It makes me feel good to know that they have the ability to do something positive. If they are as talented as this particular artist says they are, then they need to put their energy into something positive."

Organ's friend and fellow business owner Lisa Coles is not as sympathetic.

Coles says, "The more people we can get off the streets and charged on their record, the better everybody is going to be."

She helped Organ paint over the graffiti and is not sure if anything positive can come out of the situation.

"When you go to the big city and you see graffiti, it paints a picture in your mind of ghettos and slums. We don't need that here in Staunton. We sure don't need it," adds Coles.

Nargi was arrested Tuesday night after leading police on a chase through Staunton, Waynesboro and Augusta County.

She faces felony eluding, reckless driving and driving without a license charges in Staunton and Augusta County and a charge of hit-and-run in Waynesboro.

Nargi is also charged with destruction of property for the graffiti.


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