Graffiti Vandal Had Heart

Man Tagged Spots With Love Symbols

An apparently romantic graffiti vandal from Rego Park was busted by police last Wednesday, Apr. 18, for allegedly scrawling hearts and tags onto a host of buildings and public fixtures in his neighborhood as well as Forest Hills and Maspeth, law enforcement sources said.

The suspect was identified by police as 41-year-old Boris Zavulunov of 66th Avenue in Rego Park.

According to information provided by the Queens District Attorney’s office, Zavulunov was arrested by the 112th Precinct at around 5:35 p.m. last Wednesday, shortly after he allegedly smeared graffiti onto nine spots within the precinct’s confines.

Following an investigation by the 104th Precinct, it was reported, Zavulunov was additionally charged with making graffiti on a commercial building on Maurice Avenue in Maspeth.

At each incident, law enforcement sources said, the suspect allegedly used white paint to scrawl a tag as well as a heart onto buildings, sidewalks, lampposts and mailboxes.

In the Maspeth incident, police noted, the suspect allegedly wrote the name “Amanda” next to the heart, while at several of the locations in the 112th Precinct, the letter A was found near the shapes.

Among the locations allegedly vandalized by Zavulunov included the following:

– lampposts at the corner of Yellowstone Boulevard and Fleet Street in Forest Hills;

– a public mailbox on Alderton Street near 66th Avenue in Rego Park;

– a sidewalk at the corner of Queens Boulevard near the Horace Harding Expressway in Rego Park;

– the side of a grate at the corner of Queens Boulevard and 62nd Street in Rego Park;

– the front of an abandoned building on Fleet Street near Alderton Street in Rego Park;

– a mailbox in front of a location on 66th Avenue near Fitchett Street in Rego Park, just steps from the suspect’s home; and

– a mailbox at the corner of 102nd Street and 64th Avenue in Rego Park.

During questioning by police, Zavulunov allegedly admitted to the officers that he was responsible for the vandalism, according to the criminal complaint.

The suspect was taken into custody by P.O. Todd Keyes of the 112th Precinct on nine counts each of making graffiti and criminal mischief. He was additionally booked by P.O. Justin Dambinskas, graffiti coordinator for the 104th Precinct, on additional counts of making graffiti and criminal mischief.

According to court records, Zavulunov was arraigned in Queens Criminal Court last Friday, Apr. 20, before Judge Lenora Gerald and ordered held on $1,000 bail.

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