Two juveniles arrested for hate crime graffiti at high school in Temecula

News headline from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department:

After a nearly month-long investigation, two juveniles have been arrested in connection with hate crime graffiti discovered at Chaparral High School in Temecula.

Shortly before 7:00 p.m. on March 31st, officers from the Temecula Police Department responded to Chaparral High School in Temecula after a report of vandalism to the school.  The suspects had used spray paint to vandalize the school, including graffiti that contained racial slurs and anti-gay content.

During the following weeks, Temecula Police Investigators developed leads in this case that led to multiple search warrants.

One of the search warrants was served by Temecula Police on April 16th in the 40000 block of Hudson Court in Temecula.  Another search warrant was served on April 17th in the 39000 block of June Court in Temecula.  Both search warrants uncovered information and evidence regarding the March 31st incident at Chaparral High School.

As a result of this investigation, one 15-year-old male and one 17-year-old male, both students at Chaparral High School, will be charged with felony vandalism, hate crimes, and conspiracy.

There is one additional suspect, a 20-year-old male whose name was not released.  The same charges and an arrest warrant declaration will be filed with the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office.

Anyone with further information regarding these cases is asked to contact Investigator David Gorlicki at 951-696-3000.

See related story:  Chaparral High School in Temecula vandalized with white-supremacist graffiti

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

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