News Story

 

Vandal Taunting Police Arrested
5/11/2016 3:00:00 PM

 

Nature of Incident:

Vandal Taunting Police Arrested

Report Number:

RB#16-48633

Location:

 900 block of Hackamore Street. MiraMonte, CA

Date & Time:

05/09/16 @ 5 pm

Unit(s) Responsible:

Ojai Patrol and Ojai Station Detectives

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence

Age

Riis-Vestergaard, Aaron  

Ojai

20

Narrative:

 

Graffiti vandalism is an eyesore that directly affects the quality of life in our communities.  If left unchecked, graffiti can decrease property values and lead to the deterioration of entire neighborhoods.  The removal of graffiti costs homeowners, business owners and taxpayers thousands of dollars each year. 

Over the last month, numerous locations in and around Ojai were targeted by a graffiti vandal.  Some of these locations included Libbey Park, Vons and Saint Thomas Church within the City of Ojai, and Rite Aid, Starbucks, Taco Bell and Red Barn Liquor in the Ojai Valley.  Using spray paint, the vandal would deface locations with various lettering and also leave taunting messages to the police.  Some of these taunts, with the profanity edited out, included: 'f*%k the police' and 'catch me if you can.' 

Always up for a challenge, detectives from Ojai PD immediately took the vandal up on his suggestion.  Detectives identified Riis-Vestergaard as the prime suspect and were able to positively identify Riis-Vestergaard when he was captured on video in the act of vandalizing a local business with spray paint graffiti.   Riis-Vestergaard, who was accompanied by his German Shepard dog 'Klaus', can be seen crouching down to avoid passing vehicle headlights.  He then emerges from his hiding spot and spray paints the side of the business while Klaus stands by his side.  In a separate video at a different location, Riis-Vestergaard and Klaus can be seen at another graffiti vandalism crime scene. 

An additional suspect was captured on video with Riis-Vestergaard committing vandalism. He has been identified and his arrest is pending.

Riis-Vestergaard was interviewed and confessed to his actions. He was arrested and booked into the Sheriff's Main Jail with his bail set at $10,000.

The Ojai Police Department encourages citizens to immediately report suspicious people and vehicles, and to promptly report any graffiti they come across.  After a police investigation, all graffiti should be immediately removed.

Prepared by:

Detective Joe Mulrooney

 

Media Release Date:

5/11/2016

 

Follow-Up Contact:

Detective J. Mulrooney 805-477-7038

 

Approved by:

Captain D. Kenney