Last Tuesday, a SWAT police vehicle was vandalized with graffiti in Cypress.
A man was arrested on suspicion of the vandalism of both police and school
property. Cypress police officers initially noticed the graffiti at 6:30
in the morning. The vehicle had been parked in a secured parking lot all
night, and the graffiti was not discovered until the next morning when
the officers were approaching their vehicle.
Soon after the officers discovered the graffiti on the SWAT car, they received
a vandalism call at Lexington Junior High School, also in Cypress. The
graffiti that they discovered on the campus matched the symbol that was
spray painted onto the SWAT vehicle. There were multiple places on the
school's campus that were tagged.
Later on in the same day, law enforcement officers were again dispatched
to Lexington Junior High School because they received another call, this
time for a suspicious person. The person in question was described to
have been taking pictures of the school while wearing a bandana over his
face. Police arrested the suspicious person because they believed he was
the graffiti suspect returning to take "trophy" photos of his
The man who was arrested was booked at Orange County Jail on charges of
vandalism. Bail has been set for $20,000. Police also obtained a search warrant
so that they could gather potential evidence at the suspect's residence.
In the state of California, the crime of vandalism is found in §
594 of the penal code. To have committed vandalism, a person must have
defaced something and subsequently damaged or destroyed it. The estimated
damage caused by the suspect in this case is $50,000.
Vandalism is typically charged as a misdemeanor. If convicted, the man
faces up to one year in jail and potentially up to $1,000 in fines. If
you are facing vandalism charges, contact an Orange County criminal defense
lawyer at The Law Office of Barney B. Gibbs today for strong defense.
Your initial consultation is free, so do not hesitate to