SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Prosecutors have charged a 20-year-old Southern California man with the vandalism of an outdoor mural honoring Mexican-American veterans.
The Orange County District Attorney’s Office on Tuesday charged Eric Cabrera with felony vandalism with an enhancement for gang activity.
Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna says the well-known mural was tagged with gang graffiti about two months ago.
Since then, he says police have helped raise money to restore the mural, which features portraits of individual veterans.
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Bertagna says investigators identified Cabrera as a suspect after spotting similar graffiti elsewhere in an incident that was caught on video.
Cabrera is scheduled for a court appearance on Tuesday. A message was left for the public defender’s office.