AZUSA — A report of a fight early Saturday led police to arrest a local man on suspicion of possessing graffiti implements, officials said.
David Aguilar, 19, was booked at the Azusa Police Department’s jail and released with a misdemeanor citation, according to Azusa police officials and county booking records.
Officers responded to a call about 1 a.m. reporting a fight, possibly involving a gun, in the 600 block of East Matchwood Street, Azusa police Sgt. John Madaloni said.
Police made contact with two men, the sergeant said. One of them — later identified as Aguilar — “was seen by an officer attempting to conceal an open container of beer and discarding a silver object nearby,” Madaloni said.
“The silver object turned out to be a stack of adhesive stickers, commonly referred to as ‘slap tag,” the sergeant said. “Slap tags are stickers with pre-written graffiti or symbols that tagger/graffiti vandals apply to property instead of directly defacing the surface of the property.”
Additional slap tags were found in Aguilar’s pockets and wallet, however no gun was discovered, police said.
Azusa police take a “zero-tolerance” approach toward graffiti and vandalism, Madaloni added, and the city also seeks restitution from convicted graffiti vandals or their parents to pay for damage caused by graffiti vandalism.
AZUSA — Police chased down and arrested a 15-year-old alleged graffiti vandal late Saturday, authorities said.
An Azusa police gang officer was patrolling about 10:40 p.m. when he noticed the teen spray-painting graffiti on the wall of a business in the 300 block of North Azusa Avenue, Azusa police Cpl. Rick Hayden said in a written statement.
“As the officer approached, the teen saw the officer and a short foot pursuit ensued with the teen hiding in a backyard,” he said. The teen, later identified as an Azusa resident, was soon arrested without further incident.
After being booked, Hayden said, the teen was released to a guardian with a written promise to appear in court.
The value of the graffiti damage was estimated at $200.
Hayden said Azusa police have a “zero tolerance” policy when it comes to graffiti, and anyone who witnesses a vandalism is encouraged to call the police.
“The City of Azusa also seeks restitution from convicted graffiti vandals and/or their parents to pay for the cost of repairing the damage,” he added.
AZUSA — Police arrested two Azusa teens Wednesday on suspicion of graffiti vandalism, officials said.
A citizen called police about 5:05 p.m. to report seeing three teenage boys writing graffiti on signs in the parking lot of a CVS Pharmacy, 101. W. Foothill Blvd., Azusa police Cpl. Andy Rodriguez said.
Officers detained the boys and ultimately arrested two of them, he said. The young suspects admitted to scrawling the graffiti.
After being booked on suspicion of vandalism, the teens were released to their parents with written promises to appear in court, police said.
The graffiti caused an estimated $200 worth of damage, Rodriguez said.
“The Azusa Police Department encourages anyone who witnesses graffiti-related crime to immediately contact the police,” Rodriguez said. “With the public’s help, the Azusa Police Department has seen a significant increase in the number of vandalism-related arrests and successful prosecutions.”
A lot of people I talked to today seemed pretty angry about this tagging incident. A story will run in Thursday’s paper. In the meantime. here’s a photo I took of owner Nathan Mizrahi looking at a wall near the entrance of the house in question.
Police say these guys are using technology just like the rest of us. They probably bought the paint on the Internet and they probably post their exploits on YouTube.