Press release - Graffiti Vandalism/ Gun Possession

Published 4/21/2011 (all press releases for this day)

Jeri Williams
Chief of Police
Oxnard Police Department

R. Jason Benites
Assistant Chief

Scott Whitney
Assistant Chief



INCIDENT:  Graffiti Vandalism/ Gun Possession
DATE/TIME:  Wednesday, April 13, 2011/ 9:00 p.m.
LOCATION:  Mariposa Street at Camelia Street
VICTIM(S):  State of California
SUSPECT(S):  Justin DeSantiago, 22 year old Oxnard resident
 Jonathan Griggs, 19 year old Ventura resident
LOSS:  Over $400 in damage
PREPARED BY:  Detective Mike Thomas
 Mike Thomas, Detective 805-385-7660


On April 13, 2011 at approximately 2100 hours, officers were dispatched to Mariposa and Camelia Street in regards to two subjects spray painting in the area. When officers arrived, the two subjects fled and officers observed one of the subjects discard a loaded firearm and a spray can. Both subjects were taken into custody without further incident. The subjects were identified as Justin DeSantiago and Jonathan Griggs.

The Oxnard Police Department wants to remind residents of the dangers involved with graffiti vandalism. It is not a simple crime of writing on the wall. Graffiti vandals will often arm themselves with weapons similar to gang members. Do not attempt to contact a suspect that is tagging. Be a good witness and call 911. Provide a detailed description of the suspect and any vehicles involved to assist officers in locating them.

The City of Oxnard spends over a million dollars a years to clean graffiti vandalism. The City of Oxnard has teamed up in the fight against graffiti vandalism with the Ventura County Probation Agency and the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office. Oxnard’s zero tolerance approach to dealing with graffiti vandals stems from the costly frustration of trying to keep our community free of illegal graffiti and to encourage our young people to find a productive use of their time. The City of Oxnard has a multifaceted campaign to stop illegal graffiti. Our three-pronged approach addresses prevention, intervention and enforcement methods to discourage and eliminate graffiti vandalism.

If you have information which will aid in the arrest of a graffiti vandal contact an Oxnard Police Department Graffiti Detective or call Crime Stoppers at 385-TALK (385-8255) and you may be awarded up to $1000 for an anonymous tip. To report in progress graffiti vandalism, call 911. Please call G.A.P (Graffiti Action Program) at 385-8010 to report graffiti that needs to be cleaned up.

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