Milpas Street Graffiti Vandals Cited
updated: Jan 23, 2013, 12:49 PM
Eduardo Zavala, age 18, and a 17-year old male juvenile, both from Santa
Barbara, were cited for vandalism after they were caught tagging the Milpas
Street / Highway 101 overpass.
On January 21, 2013 at 10:27 p.m., Santa Barbara Police Department Officers
Nathan Beltran and Tyler Larson were concluding a call for service at the Milpas
Street roundabout when Officer Beltran noticed Zavala on the center median of
100 S. Milpas Street beneath the freeway. The officers watched as Zavala looked
around furtively, produced a can of spray paint from his clothing, and then
started to spray paint one of the columns of the overpass. As the officers
quietly advanced they noticed Zavala's companion, the juvenile, also approach
the scene on the center median and start spray painting. The vandals were so
engrossed in their activity that the officers were able to get within 10 feet of
them before being seen. Upon noticing the officers the two vandals fled.
Zavala ran westbound but stopped when commanded to do so, and was taken into
custody by Officer Larson. The juvenile ran westbound and then continued north,
disobeying commands to stop and discarding his can of spray paint into a planter
as he fled. Officer Beltran caught up to the juvenile on the west side of the
Milpas Street roundabout and took him into custody. Both subjects were found to
be in possession of additional spray paint cans and paint can nozzles.
Examination of the scene revealed several freshly painted tagging monikers in
green and gray spray paint on the columns of the overpass. Both subjects were
transported to the Santa Barbara Police Department where they declined to make
statements about the incident.
Zavala was issued a misdemeanor citation for vandalism, with an arraignment date
of February 25, 2013, and was released from the Police Station. His juvenile
companion was issued a misdemeanor citation for vandalism, possession of
vandalism tools, resisting or delaying an officer, and destruction of evidence.
He was released from the Police Station to his parents.
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