The Merced County District Attorney’s Office has charged 20-year-old Sebastian Sanchez with felony vandalism and committing a felonious act for the benefit of a criminal street gang.
Sebastian Sanchez remains in custody at the Merced County Jail in lieu of $100,000.00 bail.
On January 17, 2018 at approximately 10:17 a.m., Officers were dispatched to the 2400 block of N. Creekside Drive for a report of graffiti / vandalism in progress. An observant route driver for Republic Services witnessed the tagger spray painting graffiti at Meadowland Park II and provided dispatchers a description of the suspect.
The driver fed information to dispatchers who relayed the suspect’s location to the responding officers. Officer Myriam Rivas stopped and detained Sebastian Sanchez, 20 of Los Banos as he was leaving the area.
Sanchez was linked to a number of similar graffiti vandalisms throughout the City. Police served a search warrant at Sanchez home in the 800 block of La Mesa Lane in Los Banos. Additional evidence linking Sanchez to a series of vandalisms was found inside the home.
It only took one phone call to solve 15-20 open vandalism cases. The City will be seeking restitution and the Police Department’s Code Enforcement division will be pursuing additional administrative violations against Sanchez.
This is another example of the community and police department staff working together to combat crime in Los Banos.