HURRICANE – Police have made an arrest in the graffiti incident which occurred late Monday night or early Tuesday morning at a Hurricane school and park.
“This was great work by detectives in locating and arresting this suspect,” Hurricane City Police Sgt. Brandon Buell said in a press statement. “The cooperation between the Washington County School District and our department contributed to this outcome, we appreciate their support and assistance.”
The graffiti was found Tuesday morning at Hurricane Middle School, 395 N. 200 West, at the neighboring Hurricane City Hall Park and at an area auto parts store. Black spray paint had been used, and some of the graffiti was “an explicit message towards the police.”
Washington County School District and Hurricane City Parks Department employees spent several hours Tuesday morning removing the graffiti.
After reviewing the school’s security camera footage, officers located a male subject who matched the person seen in the video.
Kade S. Pendleton, 20, of Hurricane, was arrested Thursday afternoon after a traffic stop and charged with 10 separate offenses including two third-degree felony counts of graffiti which caused more than $1,000 damage, according to court documents.
In addition, Pendleton was charged with one class A misdemeanor for graffiti; two class B misdemeanors for criminal trespass; two class B misdemeanor counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor; a class A misdemeanor for possession of marijuana; one class B misdemeanor for possession of drug paraphernalia; and a single count of littering.
The investigation is ongoing and detectives are looking at additional suspects, Buell said.
Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.
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