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Gang-Banging Graffiti Vandal Sentenced to Jail

Santa Barbara Police Spent Four Months Tracking Aaron Nevarez


Friday, May 3, 2013
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A man was sentenced to 180 days in County Jail and three years of probation after pleading no contest to felony vandalism with a gang enhancement. The plea ends a case that included a four-month investigation into vandalism around town.

In September 2012, police documented gang-related graffiti at an area market. Detective Gary Siegel, a longtime gang officer and investigator, was given the case. Over the next few months police took reports of similar incidents throughout the city. The graffiti markings included writing, paintings, and etchings on public and private property, police said, and some of it was done in rival gang territory.

Siegel eventually matched the gang subset and moniker used in the vandalisms to Aaron Nevarez, and police found incriminating evidence in his home during a search. In early February authorities arrested Nevarez, and police say he admitted to committing the vandalism and to being a member of a street gang.

Nevarez was sentenced on April 22 with terms that he can’t associate with known gang members, can’t possess any weapons, and must register as a gang member. The conviction is a strike under the state’s three strikes law, prosecutor Hans Almgren said.

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foofighter (anonymous profile)
May 3, 2013 at 9:10 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Why on earth would someone want to uglify their own town? This baffles me. What a jerk.

Brier (anonymous profile)
May 3, 2013 at 6:27 p.m. (Suggest removal)

How is vandalism a strikable offense? No wonder we have to release people from prison. Forget the jail time, a few stripes on his behind is all he needs.

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
May 3, 2013 at 7:33 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Gimme a break!

This punk tagger doesn't have to spend ONE second cleaning up other's handiwork aka tags all over town as part of mandated, supervised community service?

What's wrong with the system here?

Oh, & I'm confident he won't associate with other gang brothers once he's set free. Yeah, right!

Barron (anonymous profile)
May 4, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Thank you Det. Siegal. Much appreciated by one who has spent many hours cleaning up taggings all over town.

chilldrinfthenight (anonymous profile)
May 4, 2013 at 10:05 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Make the little idiot CLEAN graffiti after his stint in a cage.

Draxor (anonymous profile)
May 4, 2013 at 11:51 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Right on, Draxor!

Why let these little, spineless punks off so easily as to never have to clean up any tags? I'll bet it's not easy work!

How do we get the system changed so they have some SERIOUS community service hours by removing tags?

Barron (anonymous profile)
May 6, 2013 at 9:27 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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