ST. GEORGE – Over the holiday weekend, an extensive amount of damage was done to various headstones and structures at the St. George City Cemetery by vandals. Windows were broken out of the maintenance shed and multiple grave markers were broken, including some dating back to the late 1800's and early 1900's. It is estimated over $12,000 in damage was done as a result of the vandalism.
Officers in the St. George Police Department Patrol Division discovered the scene and were able to promptly determine suspect information. Contact was made with two adult males who were suspected in committing the vandalism.
Rykky Perez, 20, and Jordan Orr, 19, had allegedly been drinking and causing problems at a local convenience store. Officers made contact with them in the cemetery located on the 600 East block of Tabernacle St. The males fled on foot but were apprehended within a short period of time.
Both suspects were interviewed and admitted to the vandalism stating they were drunk and using that as an explanation for their mischief. They were both arrested and booked into jail for 2nd degree felony criminal mischief charges. If found guilty, the two men could be held responsible for restitution.