Pair arrested after spray-painting spree

Posted: Monday, February 14, 2011

Two people face criminal mischief charges after being accused of spray painting buildings and a retaining wall Saturday night near the intersection of Sitka Street and Nowell Avenue in Douglas, according to a release from the department.

The Juneau Police Department responded to a call from a resident at about 9:20 p.m. JPD learned from the caller two males were spray-painting a residence along Sitka Street. When JPD officers arrived, they placed one of the males in custody while the other fled on foot. He was caught one block away.

After gathering evidence, including a backpack containing several spray paint cans, JPD arrested Ernesto Guillen, 19, and charged him with criminal mischief, a misdemeanor, and tampering with evidence, a felony. He was taken to Lemon Creek Correctional Center.

JPD also arrested a 17-year-old boy for criminal mischief, resisting arrest and fourth-degree escape, all misdemeanors. The boy was taken to Johnson Youth Center.

In the release, JPD requested anyone who notices spray-paint damage to his or her home or other building to call them at 586-0600.

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