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Santa Barbara Teens Cited for Graffiti Vandalism on Eastside

By Lara Cooper, Noozhawk Staff Writer | @laraanncooper |

Two Santa Barbara teens have been cited for vandalism after police officers say they spotted the men tagging the Milpas Street/Highway 101 overpass.

Eduardo Zavala
Eduardo Zavala

Eduardo Zavala, 18, as well as an unnamed 17-year-old male juvenile, were cited for misdemeanors about 10:30 p.m. Monday after two officers were dispatched to the area for a call, according to Sgt. Riley Harwood of the Santa Barbara Police Department.

Harwood said an officer noticed Zavala on the center median beneath the freeway, then pull a can of spray paint from his clothing and start to paint one of the columns of the overpass.

The officers approached the man quietly, and spotted another man — the juvenile — begin spray painting the the area as well.

“The vandals were so engrossed in their activity that the officers were able to get within 10 feet of them before being seen,” Harwood said, adding that the men fled after seeing the officers.

Zavala reportedly ran westbound but stopped when commanded to do so, and was taken into custody.

The juvenile also ran westbound and then continued north, and discarded a can of spray paint in a planter. The officer caught up with him, and the young man was taken into custody.

Harwood said both suspects 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,” he said.

Both suspects were transported to the Santa Barbara Police Department, where they declined to make statements about the incident, according to Harwood. Zavala was issued a misdemeanor citation for vandalism, with an arraignment date set for Feb. 25, and was released from the police station.

The juvenile 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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» on 01.23.13 @ 05:47 PM

More illegal alien anchor babies that have no respect for America, what a classy group.

Low class cockroaches destroying our state.

Thanks Democrats..

» on 01.23.13 @ 06:37 PM

What this country needs is a teabagger President.  No government benefits for the lazies.  Keep government out of my MediCare and Medicaid, and keep government out of my social security check.  Keep this country American!  No more immigrants!  No more school funding-they just teach liberal nonsense anyway and the result is juveniles like this.  Everything I learned I learned at the Glenn Beck Academy, that is the only real truth.  Open your eyes people!

» on 01.24.13 @ 12:24 AM

Can you hold a can of spray paint without a thumb?  Just saying.

» on 01.24.13 @ 04:43 PM

I wonder what the actual tags were? It would be interesting if they were the same as so many of the sidewalk tags defacing trees, sidewalks and fences in the lower east side.

These punks should be sentenced to 6 months daily clean up of tags around town. And a fine equal to whatever the city spends cleaning up such graffiti.

» on 01.24.13 @ 09:20 PM

Rich Republicans, looking for cheap labor, keep the illegals coming. 

Democrats just want all people to be treated with respect.

I think the borders should be better protected and an even playing field for US business to be able to compete with 3rd world countries (such as: human and environmental protections, or put a tariff on imports).  The free market does not work without regulation.

» on 01.24.13 @ 10:42 PM

Respect? Who in their right mind would have any respect for a little punk like this guy? I’d bet money he will turn out to be another prison inmate, and taxpayers will have to support him.

» on 01.28.13 @ 07:21 PM

well we got a at least one mug shot, hopefully no one will be selling him spray paint any more.

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