Convict arrested again in tagging

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first_imgCarrillo, who was arrested May 2 in the latest case, was arraigned Friday on one felony count of vandalism. He’ll be back for a hearing May 16 at East Los Angeles Superior Court. He’s being held at Men’s Central Jail in lieu of $75,000 bail. It’s the second time he landed in trouble in connection with tagging in Montebello. He was convicted last year of one felony count of vandalism. He served time in county jail, received five years probation and was ordered to pay $2,500 in restitution, Navarro said. He said Carrillo got out of jail in January. Then on April 25, the detective said he noticed Whittier Boulevard got tagged by someone with the same moniker Carrillo used last year. “Same tag. Same type of writing,” Navarro said. Navarro and a probation officer went looking for Carrillo and found out he was staying with a friend in Montebello. They caught up with him in Monterey Park last week when he visited a family member. There was a short foot chase. He said the probation officer took him in for allegedly violating probation. Getting rid of graffiti is a focus of city officials and police here. Capt. Ralph Newcomb said the city spends about $600,000 a year in cleanup costs, staff time and enforcement. From Jan. 1 to April 10, the police department’s Special Investigations Gang Task Force arrested 50 minors and seven adults for misdemeanor vandalism and seven juveniles and six adults for felony vandalism. They have filed 57 misdemeanor and 13 felony vandalism cases with the District Attorney’s Office. Taggers who are convicted also get hit in the pocketbook. The courts, so far, have awarded Montebello about $40,000 in restitution from graffiti cases filed last year. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MONTEBELLO – A man convicted of vandalizing parts of the city last fall is in trouble again, accused of tagging. Former Rosemead resident Jeremia Carrillo used the same tagging moniker which helped tie the latest vandalism to him, according to Montebello Detective Ismael Navarro. He declined to say what the moniker was. The detective said Carrillo, 22, admitted to the latest incident, citing personal problems. He told police he got evicted and that his grandmother had died. “He took it out on the walls,” Navarro said. last_img

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