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Valencia Teen Suspected In North Park Graffiti Incident

A Valencia teen who was arrested on a felony vandalism more than a week ago is due back in court Nov. 6, according to Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies.

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Jake Heffernan, 19, who lives in the North Park community, was arrested Oct. 16 on suspicion that he spraypainted lewd and sexually explicit material on vehicles, houses and property in and surrounding Liana Lane, according to Sheriff’s Station reports obtained by KHTS AM-1220.

“Detectives here at the Sheriff’s Station, the city’s graffiti team and myself work in conjunction with the (Crime Prevention Unit) to investigate all major incidents of graffiti,” said Deputy Josh Dubin of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

If an investigation proves there is more than $400 worth of damage associated with the graffiti, it would be enough to warrant a felony charge.

Heffernan was originally due in court Oct. 18 on the charge because it’s standard for a suspect to receive an initial arraignment within two days of an arrest.

The suspect in this case was released on his own recognizance after a bail review, without paying the $20,000 bail listed on his arrest record on the Sheriff’s Department website.

A judge may grant this on a lesser charge if a defendant has no prior record.

Dubin did not cite any specifics of the investigation because he has not yet presented his case to the District Attorney’s Office.

Heffernan will have a chance to make his plea to the charge when he is back in court next month.

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Valencia Teen Suspected In North Park Graffiti Incident

Article: Valencia Teen Suspected In North Park Graffiti Incident
Source: Santa Clarita News
Author: Perry Smith