Wednesday, December 7 , 2016, 3:24 pm | Mostly Cloudy 60º

Posted on May 2, 2014 | 7:07 p.m.

Santa Barbara Police Nab Second Graffiti Suspect

Source: Sgt. Riley Harwood for the Santa Barbara Police Department

Alex Solis Echevarria
Alex Solis Echevarria (Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department photo)

Alex Solis Echevarria, 21, of Oxnard, was arrested Friday on a $100,000 warrant for felony vandalism stemming from multiple incidents that occurred in Santa Barbara in 2011 and 2012. Echevarria was a prolific graffiti vandal.

Santa Barbara Police Department 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, Youth Services Section 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 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 felony arrest warrant was issued for Echevarria.

Detective Ahrens continued to search for Echevarria and recently learned that he had returned to California. At 3:30 p.m. Friday, Detective Ahrens and Sgt. 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.

Either this week, police arrested Eduardo Robert Aguilar, 19, of Santa Barbara, believed to be connected to more than 30 documented cases of graffiti vandalism in the city since July 2013.

— Sgt. Riley Harwood is a public information officer for the Santa Barbara Police Department.

Reader Comments

Noozhawk's intent is not to limit the discussion of our stories but to elevate it. Comments should be relevant and must be free of profanity and abusive language and attacks.

By posting on Noozhawk, you:

» Agree to be respectful. Noozhawk encourages intelligent and impassioned discussion and debate, but now has a zero-tolerance policy for those who cannot express their opinions in a civil manner.

» Agree not to use Noozhawk’s forums for personal attacks. This includes any sort of personal attack — including, but not limited to, the people in our stories, the journalists who create these stories, fellow readers who comment on our stories, or anyone else in our community.

» Agree not to post on Noozhawk any comments that can be construed as libelous, defamatory, obscene, profane, vulgar, harmful, threatening, tortious, harassing, abusive, hateful, sexist, racially or ethnically objectionable, or that are invasive of another’s privacy.

» Agree not to post in a manner than emulates, purports or pretends to be someone else. Under no circumstances are readers posting to Noozhawk to knowingly use the name or identity of another person, whether that is another reader on this site, a public figure, celebrity, elected official or fictitious character. This also means readers will not knowingly give out any personal information of other members of these forums.

» Agree not to solicit others. You agree you will not use Noozhawk’s forums to solicit and/or advertise for personal blogs and websites, without Noozhawk’s express written approval.

Noozhawk’s management and editors, in our sole discretion, retain the right to remove individual posts or to revoke the access privileges of anyone who we believe has violated any of these terms or any other term of this agreement; however, we are under no obligation to do so.


Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made through PayPal below, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments.

Thank you for your vital support.

Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >