Vietnam Memorial Vandal Gets 4 Years


          Angel Castro was sentenced to four years in State Prison on Friday, January 13th for his part in the tagging of a Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Venice.

          Vandals severely damaged the mural on Pacific Avenue in the lead up to Memorial Day last year. LASD Metro detectives, including TPD Detective Mike Thibodeaux; a graffiti and tagging crime expert, identified Castro as one of the suspects.

          Castro and two of the four suspects involved in the case were apprehended by Thibodeaux in July following a thorough investigation of the four identifiable monikers. The trail led to Bay Area taggers and back to the Los Angeles area. LA County Sheriff’s Transit Policing deputies have extraordinary experience and a countywide reach in the investigation of graffiti cases. One suspect in the case is still outstanding and is believed to be in the Bay Area.


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