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* Santa Clara Police Arrest Roman Kosulin for Alleged Tagging Vandalism

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Police have arrested a man who has allegedly been peppering Santa Clara properties with graffiti since last year, and now faces felony charges for his tagging. Roman Kosulin, 21, was arrested at his home in Santa Clara last week, police spokesman Lt. Phil Cooke said today. Kosulin is allegedly responsible for about 100 incidents of tagging vandalism over the past year. He spray-painted his moniker of “askr” or “asker” on a mix of apartment complexes, schools, parks and vehicles, according to Cooke. “When you tag a vehicle, it’s a lot of money to get it fixed,” Cooke noted. Milliken Elementary School and dugouts at Santa Clara’s Central Park were among properties allegedly vandalized by Kosulin. The complaint filed with the Santa Clara County District
Attorney’s Office alleges that the incidents were first reported last July and also include fences, a carport, Dumpster, door, restroom walls and a shed. Police photos show puffy, stylized letters sprayed five feet high on the side of a sound wall, and again in bright orange across the side of a white van.  “According to the detectives, he’s the most prolific tagger we’ve had in recent memory,” Cooke said.  Police got a break in the case when someone reported a car bearing the mysterious moniker on small, return address-sized stickers. This practice is known as slap-tagging, according to Cooke. “It wasn’t the suspect’s car, but it was enough to connect us to him,” he said.  Cooke said he could not comment on any statements Kosulin made about the meaning of the moniker, or other details of the investigation. Police do not believe he is affiliated with a gang. Kosulin is facing two felony counts of vandalism for the damage he caused city and school property. A felony is classified as causing damage of more than $400, according to district attorney spokeswoman Amy Cornell. He is also facing nine misdemeanor counts.  The felony charges would bring a maximum of three years and eight months in prison, Cornell said. Each misdemeanor count is punishable by a
maximum of one year in Santa Clara County Jail.  Kosulin was arraigned June 24 and will return to court July 6 for a plea entry.

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