Police arrest 2 youths in graffiti incident

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By Tris DeRoma

Officers with the Los Alamos Police Department recently arrested two 15-year-old boys for a spray-painting incident that occurred at Aspen Elementary School and the surrounding neighborhood in early October.

Police were notified of the incident Oct. 8. When they arrived they noted graffiti on the music room portable, the school office and the north door of room 120. According to the report, they observed that the spray paint that was used was brown. Room 120’s door had a painting of a marijuana leaf and the phrase “WeeD 4:20.” On the office was painted a smiley face and the letters RSD on it. The music room had a similar smiley face on it, as well as the word “HOOD.”

According to the report, most of the damage occurred to portable classrooms and buildings, as Aspen School is currently in the midst of a $12 million renovation.

That’s not all the investigators found. Leading out through a walkway to Villa Street, police found more graffiti along a walkway and the fence of a private residence.

Police concluded their investigation and left a card for the resident to call them.

When the resident did call back, she revealed she had surveillance footage from her security camera showing four youths walking along the walkway, with at least two of the kids using the spray paint to do damage.

Police visited Los Alamos High School Oct. 15 to interview one of the youths who was with the other kids, but wasn’t directly involved.

Their identities were based on identification through the surveillance tape as well as through one of the school resource officers, Cpl. Jordan Redmond. Another youth, who wasn’t directly involved, was interviewed Oct. 18 at the police station.

On Oct. 21, police, armed with enough evidence gathered from eyewitnesses and the surveillance footage, arrested one of the youths at Los Alamos High School and the other youth was taken into custody at his home.