Tran­sient de­tained on sus­pi­cion of felony van­dalism

The Signal - - NEWS - By Jim Holt Sig­nal Se­nior Staff Writer

A roller-blad­ing tran­sient was ar­rested this week on sus­pi­cion of felony van­dalism for al­legedly wield­ing a hand saw and smash­ing the wind­shield of a car in Cas­taic, of­fi­cials said.

Vin­cent Franco, 31, de­scribed as a Cas­taic tran­sient, was ar­rested shortly after noon Tues­day on sus­pi­cion of van­dalism by Santa Clarita Val­ley Sher­iff’s Sta­tion deputies.

On Thursday, Franco was sched­uled to ap­pear in San Fer­nando Su­pe­rior Court.

“On Tues­day morn­ing, deputies re­sponded to the 27400 block of Vi­o­lin Canyon Road in Cas­taic re­gard­ing a van­dalism just oc­curred call,” Shirley Miller, spokes­woman for the SCV Sher­iff’s Sta­tion told The Sig­nal.

“A sus­pect de­scribed as a male wear­ing a black pea­coat and roller blades al­legedly hit a ve­hi­cle with a saw,” she said, not­ing that Franco is be­lieved to have kept his own per­sonal items in a cab­i­net lo­cated in a parking stall.

“There was a ver­bal al­ter­ca­tion that en­sued be­tween the vic­tim and the sus­pect,” Miller said.

“The sus­pect al­legedly punched the wind­shield of the vic­tim’s ve­hi­cle and then used the heel of his roller skate on the wind­shield, caus­ing it to shat­ter,” she said.

“The sus­pect then bran­dished a hand­saw in a threat­en­ing man­ner and hit the wind­shield of the ve­hi­cle, the re­port con­tin­ued.

Franco was later lo­cated by deputies and ar­rested on bran­dish­ing a deadly weapon and felony van­dalism charges, Miller said.

Ar­rest records main­tained by the Los An­ge­les County Sher­iff’s Depart­ment show Franco was ar­rested six times in the last two years. At least two of those ar­rests were made on sus­pi­cion of mis­de­meanor crimes in­volv­ing drug use.

The Los An­ge­les County District At­tor­ney’s Of­fice did not re­spond to a re­quest for com­ment re­gard­ing the out­come of Franco’s ap­pear­ance in court Thursday, re­gard­ing his lat­est charges.

In Novem­ber, he was ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of pos­sess­ing a con­trolled sub­stance, a mis­de­meanor. .

Franco was sen­tenced to 30 days in jail and 36 months sum­mary pro­ba­tion after he pleaded no con­test on Nov. 9, 2016 to one mis­de­meanor count of pos­ses­sion of a smok­ing de­vice.

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