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A yearlong investigation into graffiti vandalism in downtown Santa Rosa culminated in the arrest of a Santa Rosa man on Tuesday evening, a police sergeant said. The vandalism, which had increased in recent weeks, included pentagrams and satanic symbols at St. Luke Lutheran Church and Church of the Incarnation on Mendocino Avenue, the U.S. Post Office on Second Street, and on a Santa Rosa city vehicle, Sgt. Mike Lazzarini said.
Video cameras at the post office captured images of the vandal, and officers assigned to patrol downtown Santa Rosa recognized the suspect as 26-year-old Ryan Dale Fortner, Lazzarini said. Fortner frequented the downtown area and had been contacted by police on several occasions, according to Lazzarini.
Officers located Fortner around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Railroad Square area and arrested him for the felony vandalism, which caused an estimated $4,000 over the past several weeks, Lazzarini said. Fortner is scheduled to be arraigned in Sonoma County Superior Court on Thursday afternoon.
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