Another Graffiti Vandal Nabbed
updated: May 02, 2014, 8:00 PM
Alex Solis Echevarria, age 21, of Oxnard, was arrested on a $100,000.00 warrant for felony vandalism stemming from multiple incidents that occurred in the City of Santa Barbara in 2011 and 2012. Echevarria was a prolific graffiti vandal.
SBPD patrol officers and crime scene investigators routinely investigate and photograph incidents of graffiti vandalism that occur throughout the city, enabling detectives from the Youth Services Section to follow-up and build cases against taggers. By July 2012 SBPD YSS Detectives Ben Ahrens and Gary Siegel had linked Echevarria to over 40 incidents of graffiti vandalism that occurred in 2011 and 2012, resulting in over $50,000.00 worth of property damage. The incidents happened at various locations in the city, but predominantly on the Westside.
The case against Echevarria was forwarded to the Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office for the filing of a felony complaint; however Echevarria fled the state and avoided prosecution. In August 2012 a $100,000.00 felony arrest warrant was issued for Echevarria. Detective Ahrens continued to search for Echevarria and recently learned that he had returned to California. On May 1, 2014 at 3:30 p.m., Detective Ahrens and Sergeant Lorenzo Duarte located Echevarria working at a restaurant on the 3800 block of State Street and arrested him.
Echevarria was booked into Santa Barbara County Jail on the aforementioned warrant. Photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office.
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