NEW PORT RICHEY — A trail of orange paint dripped across the parking lot and up the stairs to apartment 210.
It was after 1 a.m. Wednesday and a deputy was working on a case of a home that had been vandalized three times in four days — obscene words painted on the entrance, a swastika on the garage door, the vandal's coffee mug of orange paint and brush left at the scene. The investigation led the deputy to a condo on Amulet Drive.
The deputy knocked on the door.
Frank Young Robson Jr., 63, answered. He had dried orange paint on his hands, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. His room was in disarray and also covered in orange paint, a report states.
"Yes, I painted their garage door," Robson said, according to the report.
When asked why, Robson said, "I heard from my friend Vinny that those people are drug dealers and I want them out of the neighborhood.
"I hope it scared them."
Robson also painted MC 13 on the garage door — but the report said he meant to paint MS 13, the name of what the FBI calls an "exceedingly violent" street gang with mostly Salvadoran members.
Robson said "he would continue his painting and criminal action again after I departed his apartment," the deputy wrote in his report.
He was arrested and charged with criminal mischief.
"I believe in vigilante justice," Robson said while being escorted into the Pasco County jail, the report states.
The victim is a 60-year-old man who lives on Marine Parkway. He has no criminal record in Florida, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
In 2001, Robson pleaded no contest to charges of criminal mischief and trespassing after shattering an ex-girlfriend's window and trying to get inside. He told authorities he just wanted to make sure the woman was okay because he believed she was addicted to pain pills. He was ordered to pay restitution.
Robson was arrested again on May 22 on a charge of violating his probation for knowingly driving with a suspended or revoked license. His arrest report for Wednesday's incident listed his current occupation as working in commercial cleaning.
After about six hours in custody, Robson was released from jail Wednesday on $150 bail. He could not be reached for comment on this story.
Times researcher Shirl Kennedy contributed to this story. Erin Sullivan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (727) 869-6229.