Dennis McHugh is dealing with a punk – or as he says, a “Graffiti Nazi.”
Almost as soon as McHugh paints over offensive graffiti on his commercial building in southwest Detroit, the vandal returns with a message scrawled in white latex paint. The latest read: “Sorry Mother Fuker.”
But what bothers McHugh the most is the Nazi-related scrawls painted on the street and side of the adjacent Southwest General Hospital at 20th and Michigan. Swastikas and SS lightening bolts have been popping up for the past few months. Across the street is a Jewish-owned meat shop.
“It’s not right,” an indignant McHugh told me. “He’s just messing with us. But there’s nothing we can do.”
From the surveillance images, McHugh drew a picture of the man, who he describes as Latino, 5-foot-4 and 150 pounds, and posted it on flyers in the neighborhood with the words, “Graffiti Nazi.” McHugh is offering a $250 reward.
McHugh said the man has been spotted walking a bike with a flat tire to a gas station at Michigan and Tillman.
Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.