Vandalism suspect charged with 19 counts of malicious mischief

Takoda M. Fitzgerald will be arraigned Oct. 14

Two people were arrested Sunday, suspected of vandalizing vehicles, homes, fences, stop signs and mailboxes on Prune Hill with graffiti.

According to Camas Police Department Sgt. David Chaney, Takoda M. Fitzgerald, 18, of Camas, and a 15-year-old juvenile male from east Vancouver were arrested on charges of felony malicious mischief.

The pair were identified through information provided by neighborhood residents and local youth.
According to the probable cause affidavit, one of the victims of the crime had home security cameras that captured images of the suspects committing the crime.

Fitzgerald and the juvenile male both confessed to police, the affidavit stated.

“They had no valid reason for vandalizing this neighborhood,” Chaney said in the affidavit. “They did not have a personal vendetta against any of the victims.”

The damage took place in the early morning hours of Oct. 1, when the suspects allegedly defaced the personal property of 19 different victims. Using black and white paint, they sprayed graffiti throughout the neighborhood. Vulgar words and phallic symbols were among the images found on the exterior of 19 cars, and other locations. The interior of one unlocked car was also painted.

According to court documents Fitzgerald is a Camas High School student with no criminal record.

He attended a first appearance hearing Tuesday, in Clark County Superior Court, in front of Judge David E. Gregerson. James Sowder was appointed as his attorney. Bail was set at $20,000, with conditions. It was posted and Fitzgerald was released.

On Wednesday, the Clark County prosecuting attorney’s office filed charges against Fitzgerald that included 16 counts of malicious mischief in the second degree, and three counts of malicious mischief in the third degree.

The document also states that the State will seek a sentence above the standard sentencing range because he committed multiple offenses.

Fitzgerald’s arraignment hearing is set for Friday, Oct. 14, at 1:30 p.m.