FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TWO ARRESTED FOR FELONY GRAFFITI VANDALISM AND CONSPIRACY
On Monday, May 23, 2011, at about 8:00am, Officers from the Arcata Police Department were dispatched to the area of the St Louis Road Overcrossing for Hwy101 on the report of a subject painting graffiti. A Cal Trans employee observed the suspect, called APD and provided the suspect's description for responding Officers. APD Officers located several people a short distance from the overcrossing.
21 year old Christopher Huizar-Garcia, of Reno Nevada was positively identified as the suspect. He was placed under arrest for vandalism. During their investigation, additional "tags" were located which led the Officers back to those remaining in the group. 21 year old Blake Nash of Reno Nevada was identified as an additional suspect. He was placed under arrest for Vandalism and Possession of Vandalism Tools.
The amount of graffiti and the circumstances discovered during this investigation make these incidents a felony-level crime. Both subjects were taken into custody for Felony Vandalism and Conspiracy. They were booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility.
The total cost for repair of the damaged property is not yet known. The graffiti resulting in these arrests consists of possibly hundreds of "tags" placed at various locations in Arcata area. The Humboldt State University Police Department has investigated a number of graffiti vandalism incidents where the same "tag" had been painted. The Arcata Police Department is working to coordinate these incidents and to learn if additional jurisdictions have investigated graffiti vandalism cases involving the same "tags".
The Arcata Police Department takes an assertive stance on graffiti response and investigation. Community members wishing to report locations where graffiti has been observed are encouraged to call the Arcata Police Department's Graffiti Hotline at 825-2587. If you see someone painting graffiti, call APD at 822-2424.