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San Jose Veterans Memorial Vandalism Suspect Arrested

San Jose Veterans Memorial Vandalism Suspect Arrested

Martin Vivanco Arrested

San Jose Veterans Memorial Vandalism Suspect Arrested

A San Jose man was arrested Thursday for allegedly defacing the city’s Veterans Memorial earlier this month, authorities said.

Around 12:20 a.m. on May 6, Martin Vivanco, 39, allegedly spray-painted over the memorial’s images of service members from the Santa Clara Valley and panels of text about them.

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Vivanco was booked into the Santa Clara County Jail on suspicion of vandalism and possession of vandalism tools, police said.

The memorial, located on Park Avenue between Almaden Boulevard and Woz Way, has been the target of graffiti before. According to the city of San Jose, the memorial has been tagged several times since 2017, and the monument’s glass panels have been damaged numerous times since 2005.

The Vietnam War Memorial near the SAP Center has also been defaced multiple times over the years, most recently in August.

San Jose police ask that anyone with information regarding the Veterans Memorial call the department’s street crimes unit at 408-277-4044.

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