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10/2/2012 5:00:00 PM
Graffiti suspect busted twice in same day
Special to the Times


BLYTHE - A Blythe man, Charles Herrera, 20, was arrested twice on the same day and charged with vandalism and possession of graffiti implements after police found evidence linking him to recent graffiti vandalism.

The first incident occurred around 1 a.m. on Sept. 24, when Blythe police were patrolling in the area of Chanslorway and Carlton and were alerted to new graffiti in the area and the smell of paint in the air.

Herrera, who was seen walking in the 900 block of W. Chanslorway, was contacted by an officer who, as he was talking to him, noticed Herrera had wet paint on his shirt, and also had paint on his hands.

Herrera was detained and searched, and found to be in possession of graffiti implements and other evidence linking him to the fresh graffiti that was found on a Palo Verde Irrigation District siphon at Chanslorway and Carlton.

Additional matching graffiti was found on a junction box belonging to Frontier Communications and a stop sign belonging to the city of Blythe.

Around 4:39 that afternoon, Blythe Police responded to McDonalds in the 100 Block S. Lovekin, regarding a graffiti incident. When the officer arrived, he found graffiti on a new trash receptacle enclosure and on the rear of the old Greyhound Bus Depot.

The McDonalds employee who had reported the incident, provided the officer with surveillance video showing Herrera, who had been arrested earlier in the morning for the other graffiti incident. Based on the time on the video, the officer determined that the suspect had committed the vandalism shortly after being released in the other case.

The case is being forwarded to the District Attorney for filing. Due to the amount of damage, this case is being pursued as a felony.

Herrera was transported to the Blythe Police Department where he was released on a written promise to appear in court on the misdemeanor charges.

"If we take him to jail it costs the city a booking fee and the jail is required to cite and release just like we did," said Blythe Police Chief Steve Smith. "This makes it very frustrating for us that we have to just let him go without booking him because, as you can see... he just went out and did it again."

Smith said that the Department is stepping up its enforcement of graffiti crimes and is asking the public to get involved by participating in the Graffiti Bounty Program.

"Starting Oct. 1, anyone who reports graffiti that leads to an arrest will receive $100 cash for their efforts in helping us stop this unsightly damage," Smith said.

Anyone with information regarding this case, or any other crime, is urged to contact the Blythe Police Department at 922-6111 or they can give their information anonymously by calling Crime Stop at 921-CARE (2273) or by email at blythepd@cityofblythe.ca.gov.


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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Article comment by: It's getting out of control

So what are people assigned to do when they have to do community service?Why can't they be assigned to a clean up crew to clean up graffiti?

Posted: Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Article comment by: Remember When!

Remember when Blythe had the clean up crews. They sweep the sidewalks and curbs, they cleaned the parks, removed the weeds and trash from the highway and vacant lots and they painted what needed to be painted. The Judge needs to give each incident 640 hours of community service. That will get Blythe cleaned up and maybe make the person think before they go out and brake the law. Make them work so hard they won't have time to go out and mark up the town with their graffiti.

Posted: Monday, October 8, 2012
Article comment by: somebody is enabling

if this guy worked and paid for his own place, food, clothes, electric, etc. etc. he would not have time to destroy property! he may not live with his parents but somebody is paying for his needs besides him, (deleted) o yea that's right he's on the dole and we are paying for it - oh yea thats why he needs to be on the parks, highways, cleanup crew - no more excuses for this jerk if it takes a special blythe law to get this guy off his butt cleaning up the town and his mess (not to mention paying back his foodstamps/welfare) - i would vote for it in a heartbeat. parents won't make their children get real - there should be an avenue for society to make this guy pay - i'm all for it, lets call it the "i got caught and now have to clean up my mess" law!!

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Posted: Monday, October 8, 2012
Article comment by: el pica buyas

3 years of probation. in those 3 years every time there is graffiti around town have him and others clean it. pays for his crime. plus you get free labor. get a bunch of these people. low level risk criminals and have them clean up the parks and empty lots of weeds. teach them the love of hard labor. because you can fine them until the cows come home. which will never happen and another thing that will never happen is them paying off the fine with money. hard labor, paid in full.

Posted: Monday, October 8, 2012
Article comment by: pointing out the truth

and also if you as a parent have a child that is 21 22 23 24 25 26 and you are able to provide health insurance through your work your basically saying because you do this that your child is not responsible for their own actions and is still considered a child in your eyes regardless of the fact that their more than capable of understanding consequences for their own actions that just doesnt make any sense at all!!!!!! so my point is once a person is 18 they are (whether you like it or not) they are responsible for their own actions!!!!

Posted: Sunday, October 7, 2012
Article comment by: tripleeee ooogggg

obviously we are related but people think they can point the finger and not know a situation and start blaming peoples parents. he doesnt even live with his parents they dont enable him at all. and to say their on insurance til their 26 is cause thats a law they made so yes they are an adult at 18 whether they act like it or not. so you can have it both ways thats reality and just the way it goes and ya is a little too close to home because you know nothing about this persons parents and thats my point ya he did wrong he chooses to make his own choices so leave his parents out of it!!!

Posted: Friday, October 5, 2012
Article comment by: Keep Letten em in

Make this (deleted) clean up his mess !!!

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Posted: Thursday, October 4, 2012
Article comment by: Have a Little Compassion

@TRIPPPLLEE OGGGG, I'm sure this (deleted) started his masterful artwork just last week, I'm sure he NEVER,EVER did anything like this before, and I'm sure when he was a juvenile (in which case they wouldn't have put his name or face in the paper) he never did such a disrespectful thing as to 'tag' someone else's property. One last thing, (deleted) BTW, How do you know so much about the situation? Is it a little too close to home? AND WHY ALL CAPS? ARE YOU YELLING AT ME?

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Posted: Thursday, October 4, 2012
Article comment by: @ trippllee

Why do parents say "let me keep my child on my insurance til they are 26 years old" and then turn around and say "he's an adult @ 20". U can't have it both ways. People who turn 18 are allowed to vote - supposedly adults they can go to war @ 18, they can drink @ 21 - but they are still "children at 26"???? The bottom line is all the kids who turn 18 stand up and say they are adult - but their parents enable them to stay children. Somebody is enabling this adult to continue this foolish behavior - give him a place to eat, sleep, clothes, A/C and heating, running water - but then let him run all over town destroying peoples property - WHEN HE SHOULD BE WORKING!! Parents - do your "children" a favor and kick their butts out into the real world @ 18 and make them become productive. Don't put your head into the sand and act like "it will get better" if u ignore it. Be proactive and look at your "children's" fingers and ask them if they looked and found a JOB today, tomorrow, the next day - stop enabling your children to make excuses. Kick them out and let them learn they ain't got nothing coming if they don't EARN IT.

Posted: Thursday, October 4, 2012
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

As, I have said it. Catch and release. Even the Chiefy has validated my words.

Posted: Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Article comment by: TRIPPPLLEE OGGGG

FIRST OFF I DONT KNOW WHO YOU PEOPLE ARE CRITICIZING PEOPLES PARENTING IM SURE NONE OF YOU ARE PERFECT PARENTS AND NONE OF YOUR KIDS ARE PERFECT AND ALL OF THEM MAKE MISTAKES! SECOND THIS PERSON IS NOT A CHILD ANYMORE THEREFORE HIS ACTIONS ARE NOT HIS PARENTS RESPONSIBILITY ANYMORE SHAME ON YOU FOR CASTING THE FIRST ACTING LIKE YOU EVEN KNOW WHAT YOUR TALKING ABOUT AND IF ANY OF YOU PEOPLE EVEN KNOW WHO IS PARENTS ARE WOULDNT BE SAYING THOSE THINGS IN THEIR FACE IM NOT JUSTIFYING HIS ACTIONS BECAUSE THEY ARE WRONG BUT BRINGING HIS PARENTS INTO IT IS WRONG OBVIOUSLY YOU MISSED THE PART THAT SAYS HES 20 YEARS OLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted: Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Article comment by: Sick and Tired Of the mess

First to Blythe Resident: I would agree with you that showing this (deleted) markings would indeed help but since he's not really being punished all it would do (deleted) would be making him famous. Sad as it sounds he'd get his fame and it's obvious he doesn't care so he'd be most likely proud. I agree he should have been made to clean his and X-amount of hours of community service and clean this mess up. I'm embarassed to have anyone see this town. There's no area that's clean. Even the new store openings are trashed. The towns gotta quit babying these (deleted) cause this towns dying.

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Posted: Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Article comment by: Had Enough

This person is no different than a dog urinating on a fire hydrant to mark his turf. He's behaving like an animal, so he should be treated like an animal. Skip the booking process and just tie him up to a tree with a chain and leave him there for a few days. That will cure his nasty habit.

Posted: Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Article comment by: Have a Little Compassion

It's evident this poor young man hasn't a mother or father who care about him and so he needs to find validation in writing his moniker all over town, if his parents could only afford some paper and a pencil I'm sure he could practice his spelling at home. Maybe if we passed some law as to a type of punishment that wasn't cruel or abusive and made these poor unfortunate souls clean up the devistation caused by their feelings of not being important or loved . Better yet make their parents join in the punishment as well I'll bet if mom and dad had to spend their money and a saturday cleaning up the graffiti around town caused not only by their son but by every other stupid fool doing the same thing they would lay down the law and keep their hoodlum son at home (if they had one) Mom and Dad shame on you. and I agree with Blythe Resident show this guys handiwork so we all know who the artist is. It's not like the artwork is private they are destroying public as well as private property C'mon cops, you do a good job considering your hands are tied behind your backs due to the judicial system put in place, but put those handcuffs on a little tighter next time maybe the pain of the cuffs will open his brain, like they say NO PAIN, NO GAIN!

Posted: Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Article comment by: This is the little @$(%&&

Oh yes thank u very much - he is the one who is painting the fences in the area of west chanslorway - well keep it up buddy and u will get the u know what kicked out of you - I will be looking for you. And BTW - there will be cameras there real soon so you better smile because I'm watching u - & I HOPE PVVT POSTS UR (deleted) MUG AGAIN WITH BLACK AND BLUE MARKS TO GO WITH YOUR PAINTY FINGERS!!!

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