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Sheriff's deputies arrest tagger suspected of scrawling on Gold Line

June 10, 2009 |  4:56 pm

With a swing of a hand-held battering ram, Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies awoke the tagger known as Punter at his Highland Park home today and arrested him for allegedly scrawling his moniker on new Gold Line and freeway signs.

Leol Mendivil, 19, was booked on suspicion of felony vandalism. He allegedly specialized in obliterating freeway direction signs on the Harbor and Pasadena freeways with his tag, said Sgt. Augie Pando.

But it was his tagging of the new Gold Line and the Green Line that lead deputies with the Sheriff’s Transit Bureau to his Highland Park house. Inside investigators found evidence of his tagging work in a book and took a computer. 

Pando said Mendivil had done at least $10,000 worth of damage in recent times to state and county properties.

“If they keep tagging, we are more willing to give them a rude awakening,” Pando said.

-- Richard Winton

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