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Riverhead teen charged with painting MS-13 gang graffiti; 2nd person sought

A Riverhead teen charged with painting MS-13 gang graffiti on the exterior walls of a company on Elton Street was released after posting bail Sunday, police said.

Manuel Fuentes Lopez, 17, of 42 Grove St., was charged with making graffiti, police said. Another male subject seen painting gang graffiti with Fuentes was still being sought, authorities said.

According to a Riverhead Police Department report, the incident occurred about 10:45 p.m. Saturday when officers from the Riverhead Town community oriented policing unit spotted two men painting the outside wall of Truetech, a medical supply company. Both fled as police tried to apprehend them.

Fuentes, who was taken into custody on Phillips Street and arraigned Sunday morning in Riverhead town justice court. He was released after posting $500 cash bail and is due to appear in court again Monday, police said.

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