No named suspects in Tacoma's rogue crosswalk painting

Tacoma News TribuneDecember 5, 2013 

A Tacoma police investigation into the painting of unauthorized crosswalks on some downtown streets has ended with no named suspects.

"The case is considered open and active," police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said Thursday, but "until we get any more leads there's not a lot we can do about it. There's no point in sending it to a prosecutor without suspect names."

A group of vigilantes painted several streets this spring with crosswalk-like stripes and bike markers. The City of Tacoma announced in early June that the painters, if caught, would be prosecuted.

Three of the painters, including the ringleader, told The News Tribune in July that they had grown frustrated with what they perceived is lack of action surrounding city officials' rhetoric of wanting more walk-able and bike-able streets. Many members of the community rallied to support the vigilantes' ideas, if not their methods. City officials counter that there simply isn't enough money.

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