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Vandalism Suspect Arrested

July 11, 2012

BLYTHE, Calif – On Sunday July 8 at about 9:30 in the morning, Blythe Police responded to the 600 Block of East Hobsonway in regards to a graffiti/tagging vandalism of that had just occurred. While en-route to the call police were advised that a citizen witness had identified a suspect.

The identified the suspect in the graffiti as a Hispanic male adult wearing a white shirt and blue jeans who was last seen walking westbound towards 5th Street. As police approached the area of the vandalism he saw a subject that matched the suspect’s description walking in the 400 Block of the east/west alley between East Avenue A and Murphy Street. The suspect, identified as 20 year old Charles Herrera, was verbally abusive and uncooperative when police contacted and detained him.

“The eyes and ears of good citizens that call to report these types of crimes help our officers tremendously in capturing these suspects” said Chief Smith, “with the continued help of the community we can combat this nuisance, I encourage more community involvement, if you see something that does not look right, it probably isn’t. So please call us and together we can clean up our city.” “I want to publicly thank the good citizen who took the time to not only call us but came to the scene and positively identified the suspect” Smith said.

The same Citizen who witnessed the vandalism responded to the location where police had detained Herrera. The citizen positively identified Herrera as the suspect he saw writing on the wall of the building. He also pointed all of the locations that he had seen Herrera vandalize. Herrera was arrested and transported to the Blythe Police Station.

This case is being submitted to the District Attorney’s Office requesting that several counts of vandalism be filed on Herrera.

Persons charged with a crime are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Anyone with information about this or any criminal activity is urged to contact the Blythe Police Department at (760) 922-6111. Information can be given anonymously by calling (760) 921-CARE.

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