BERKELEY — Two men are in custody after surveillance camera footage helped lead to their arrests last week with vandalism in connection with a neighborhood tire-slashing and spray-painting spree, according to authorities and court records.
Ismael Chamu, 21, and Peter Estrada, 21, were formally charged Monday with felony vandalism and misdemeanor possession of tools to commit vandalism, the Alameda County district attorney’s office said.
Just before 6:50 a.m. June 28, police responded to the 2400 block of Hillside Avenue for a report of overnight vandalism. Officers learned a person walked out to his car around 6:30 a.m. and found his car spray-painted, before noticing his partner’s car and other neighbors’ cars had also been sprayed.
Police found a total of 13 victims with spray-painted vehicles and gates, all in black paint with anti-police slogans, “Class war,” and the anarchist-A symbol.
Two hours later, just before 9 a.m., police responded to another vandalism report on the 2300 block of Prospect Street. On that block, about 600 feet away from Hillside, officers found 10 cars with slashed tires. Another call just after 11:15 a.m. yielded seven more vehicles with slashed tires in the 2400 block of Prospect. Those cars, found in a fraternity house parking lot, had anti-fraternity graffiti in black spray paint on them, police said.
Later that day, a university dormitory at Dana and Durant streets was found vandalized with red and pink spray-paint reading “Antifa,” as well as anti-police and anti-gentrification graffiti, and a white commercial van parked nearby had “Kill yuppies” sprayed in pink paint on it. Staff at the Clark Kerr Campus dorm…
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