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Ventura County Sheriff's Office
Friday November 8th, 2019 :: 04:30 p.m. PST


Fillmore Vandalism Arrests

Nature of Incident: Graffiti Vandals Arrested
Report Number: 19-164596
Location: City of Fillmore
Date & Time: 10/19/19 2:30 am
Unit(s) Responsible: Fillmore Patrol Services/ Investigations Unit
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence

S-1 Roman Rodriguez-Landeros
S-2 Anthony Tapia
Newbury Park
Two teenagers were arrested in connection with a vandalism spree that occurred throughout the City of Fillmore. 
On 10/19/19, a sergeant from the Fillmore Police Department observed two suspicious subjects walking near the intersection of First Street and Old Telegraph Road.  The sergeant attempted to contact the individuals, but they immediately ran.  Deputies gave chase and followed the subjects to a nearby residence.  Deputies were able to make contact with the occupants of the home.  While doing so, they identified Roman Rodriguez-Landeros and Anthony Tapia as the subjects who ran.  During the investigation, deputies noticed that both teenagers had fresh paint on their hands.  Deputies learned that Tapia and Rodriguez- Landeros spray painted property in the area with graffiti.  Deputies were able to establish probable cause to arrest them for misdemeanor vandalism.  They were cited and released on a promise to appear citation. 
Later that day, deputies discovered a large amount of graffiti throughout the City of Fillmore.  The graffiti was similar to the markings discovered earlier in the morning.  The Fillmore Investigative Unit conducted follow up and linked Tapia and Rodriguez-Landeros to the additional graffiti.  The vandalism exceeded the criteria for felony vandalism.  Detectives authored search warrants for Tapia and Rodriguez-Landeros’ residences in Fillmore and Newbury Park.  Upon service of the warrants, investigators collected additional evidence that linked the suspects in the crime spree.
Tapia and Rodriguez-Landeros were arrested for the additional charges of conspiring to commit felony vandalism.   Rodriguez-Landeros posted bail and is currently out of custody pending his court hearing.  Tapis remained is currently in custody and has a court hearing on 11/12/19, his bail is set at $20,000.           
Prepared by: Sergeant Vince Alvarez  
News Release Date: 11/08/19  
Media Follow-Up Contact: Detective Bill Meixner  (805) 947-9391
Approved by:
Booking Photo Release:
Captain Garo Kuredjian
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