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Vietnam Memorial Tagger Arrested

11:55am

The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Transit Division arrested 24-year old Angel Castro on Wednesday afternoon, July 13, 2016.  He was wanted by LASD Transit Policing Division detectives in connection with tagging the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Venice, California just before Memorial Day this year.  The wall is located at the rear of the old Metropolitan Transportation Authority Division 6 lot on Pacific Ave., in Venice.

Castro, who uses the moniker “LITER” (pronounced LIGHT-er) was one of the four monikers identified earlier this month by the lead detective on the case, Michael Thibodeaux.  Detective Thibodeaux secured a warrant for Castro’s arrest.  Castro was taken into custody without incident in the Exposition Park area of Los Angeles by members of the Sheriff’s Department’s Transit Policing Division Crime Impact Team.

During the initial interview with Detective Thibodeaux, Suspect Castro admitted to his role in the vandalism of the Veterans Memorial Wall.  Castro was booked at the LASD Century Regional Detention Facility for Felony Vandalism.  His bail is currently set at $95,000.  He is scheduled to be arraigned later this week and could face additional charges as the investigation is still ongoing.  LASD Transit Policing Division detectives continue to seek additional information regarding additional suspects, with monikers “PHEB”, “NONER”, and “SNAKE”, that are connected with the tagging of the Veterans Memorial Wall.

If you have information regarding the identities of the other monikers believed to be connected to this crime or any additional information please call the LASD Transit Policing Division detectives at (888) 950-SAFE(7233), or if you wish to remain anonymous, you can call “LA Crime Stoppers” by dialing 800-222-TIPS (8477).  You also can text the letters “TIPLA” plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or use the website http://lacrimestoppers.org

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