Criminal Defense in Orange County

Cypress Vandalism Case Involves SWAT Vehicle

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 vandalism.

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 call today.