Two men have been arrested on vandalism charges in Petaluma since Friday, according to police. Jimy Soriano Vazquez, 19, was arrested early Friday morning on suspicion of vandalizing structures inside McNear Park on F Street around 12:50 a.m., Sgt. Marty Frye said. A citizen reported three people were vandalizing the park with graffiti, and a responding officer saw the Petaluma man, who matched the description of one of the suspects, fleeing the park on a bike, Frye said.
Vazquez was stopped and found in possession of a switchblade knife and marijuana, Frye said. Vazquez was on probation for possessing a switchblade knife and vandalism, and evidence at the park tied him to the graffiti of the park structures, Frye said. The two other vandalism suspects were not found, Frye said. Vazquez was booked into the Sonoma County jail on suspicion of felony vandalism, possession of a switchblade knife, violation of probation and a gang enhancement because of his past gang history, Frye said.
Around 1:45 a.m. Saturday, an officer saw James Joseph Jensen, 18, of Rohnert Park, write graffiti with a permanent marker on a newly installed bus stop enclosure at 900 E. Washington St. near the new East Washington Street Place shopping center, Frye said. Jensen fled when the officer approached him but was caught at a nearby apartment complex after he fell during the pursuit, Frye said.
Jensen appeared to be intoxicated, and he was out on bail for an assault with a deadly weapon in Sonoma County, Frye said. He was booked into the Sonoma County jail on suspicion of felony vandalism, resisting arrest and committing a felony while out on bail, Frye said.
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