On the 23rd of August 2017 at approximately 2:20AM, a Hermiston patrol corporal was on duty and driving through the neighborhood in the area of W Juniper Ave and SW 9th St when he observed two males dressed in dark clothing crossing the roadway in front of him. As the corporal neared the duo, he observed graffiti on a fence. The two males took off running and as the corporal exited his vehicle, he could smell fresh paint in the area.
A 15-year old Irrigon male and a 16-year old Boardman male were located hiding under a trailer in the 800 block of W Juniper Ave. Both males were taken into custody for curfew. Further investigation led to numerous locations in the SW section of town having been subjected to vandalism via the graffiti including residential victims, business victims, and public property of the City of Hermiston.
Both males were charged with felony Criminal Mischief in the First Degree, Unlawfully Applying Graffiti, Unlawful Possession of Graffiti Implements, and curfew. Both males were released to their respective parent(s) and citations were issued for Failure to Supervise Minor Child. Cited parents were:
- Nadia Aguilar, 38 years of age, of 385 S. First Street, Irrigon.
- Marina Sanchez, 44 years of age, of 600 Wilson Rd. #E7, Boardman.
“The corporal did a good job getting out into the neighborhood and being proactive. Every one of our officers take great offense when our citizens are subjected to the intentional vandalism caused by people who spread their propaganda with graffiti. This duo caused an incredible amount of damage on the entire west side of town. We believe clean-up costs could be in the thousands of dollars.”
“Our department continues to take the strong stance if a child wants to act in this manner and graffiti is involved, we will take action every single time against the parent(s) or responsible adult(s) as someone other than society should be holding these kids accountable," reports Chief Jason Edmiston