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Alert Police Blotter: Waking The Dead.

Man Arrested For Spraying Graffiti On Grave Markers At Woodlawn Cemetery

Posted Mar. 31, 2014, 9:01 am

Tim Broughton / Mirror Contributor

Santa Monica police arrested a man on Wednesday, March 19 after being caught spraying graffiti on trees and grave markers at Woodlawn Cemetery in Santa Monica.

Officers of the Santa Monica Police Department who were on routine patrol received a radio call at 1 pm on this day informing them of vandalism occurring at the cemetery at 1847 14th Street.

Upon arrival the officers spoke with a cemetery employee who told them he had seen a man spraying graffiti on trees and grave markers.

The employee added this man had also urinated on another employee’s automobile.

The employee pointed the officers in the direction of the suspect, who was at that time still in the cemetery.

The officers approached this man, arrested him and he was charged with defacing, damaging property and urinating in public.

Upon arrival at the Santa Monica Jail the man resurrected his anti-social behavior and began fighting with officers so equally grave the charge of obstructing police officers was added.

Bail was set at $17,500.

Editor’s Note: These reports are part of a regular police coverage series entitled “Alert Police Blotter” (APB), which injects some minor editorial into certain police activities in Santa Monica. Not all of The Mirror’s coverage of incidents involving police are portrayed in this manner. More serious crimes and police-related activities are regularly reported without editorial in the pages of the Santa Monica Mirror and its website,

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Mar. 31, 2014, 9:57:14 am

marcia said...

my husband is barried there how do i know if his grave site is alright?

Mar. 31, 2014, 11:02:45 am

Terri said...

Many land-grant descendants and Santa Monica pioneers are buried at Woodlawn. Who is going to restore the damage done? This is a very upsetting situation and security should be posted at the gates.

Mar. 31, 2014, 11:39:54 am

Susan Courtright said...

So...instead of bail (which he probably won't be able to meet) and fine (which he probably won't be able to pay) how about if the City gives this jerk the cleaning materials and a babysitter (because that's what he needs!) and he CORRECTS his problems!

Mar. 31, 2014, 2:39:14 pm

Roger said...

Keep him locked for a long, long, long, long time. No one needs people like him.

Apr. 5, 2014, 9:32:55 am

Rosalie Bravo said...

"Where is the RESPECT"?!? I too would like to know if my mother's gravesite is not damaged?!? How do I contact the office please, because iam out of town, thank you!

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