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California Briefing / Santa Ana

Taggers beat and stab man

July 15, 2009|Tony Barboza

A Santa Ana man was beaten and stabbed early Tuesday after confronting taggers defacing a wall in his neighborhood, police said.

The 38-year-old was walking near McFadden and Orange avenues just after 2 a.m. when he saw a group of three young men painting graffiti on a wall, said Santa Ana Police Cmdr. Tammy Franks. The man told them to stop.

After pausing, the three men, joined by two others, surrounded the man and began hitting, kicking and stabbing him in the torso, police said. The man, whose name was not released, suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

The stabbing was the latest instance of a person in Southern California being attacked after catching taggers vandalizing property, including three who were killed in the last two years.

-- Tony Barboza

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