GRAND JURY INDICTS 7 HIGH-PROFILE BAY AREA GRAFFITI VANDALS ON 52 FELONY COUNTS

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July 10, 2018

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GRAND JURY INDICTS 7 HIGH-PROFILE BAY AREA GRAFFITI VANDALS ON 52 FELONY COUNTS

 

SAN FRANCISCO – Today, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón announced that a grand jury indicted seven vandals on 52 felony counts for property crimes targeting small business owners and recreational spaces. A total of 51 counts have been filed against Tyler Ross, age 27, known for vandalizing the city with Bart Simpson graffiti, Jorge Coya, age 38, and Connor Chavela, age 19, for felony vandalism related to repeated acts of property damage over nearly three years. Four others, Omar Clerkin, age 24, Carlos Cruz, age 25, Avery Sizelove, age 23, and an unnamed individual who currently has a bench warrant for his arrest have been indicted in a separate count for their roles in causing significant damage to a local San Francisco restaurant.

 

“We’re working closely with the police department to identify and hold accountable the most prolific vandals, who cost the city over $20 million per year,” said District Attorney George Gascón. “Individuals like these are behind the city’s property crime challenge. By tying them to multiple incidents, we can ensure they face consequences equal to their impact on our community.”

 

Graffiti abatement that is environmentally safe and responsible is a costly process. The financial burden placed on private citizens and small business owners, like those targeted here, is onerous and can be financially taxing. On average, small business owners pay $3,370 to remove a single incident of vandalism, and bear additional costs from interruptions to normal operations.

 

According to court records, Tyler Kent Ross has been an active vandal in the Bay Area for the last few years. He is known for tagging a distinctive Bart Simpson head with the number “4” incorporated into the drawing. He was indicted on 29 felony counts for vandalism throughout San Francisco, with over a dozen at parks and beaches.

 

Jorge Luis Coya, aka "KRK" aka "Kick Rocks," was indicted on 26 counts of felony vandalism. According to court records, Coya has been vandalizing local businesses for many years, with the majority of his vandalism being committed in Chinatown and North Beach. Coya has claimed affiliation with the tagging crews WKT, AMC, and EHC.

 

Connor Chavela, aka "Cyae" aka "Cya," was indicted on 9 counts of felony vandalism both for acts committed by himself and with Coya. Chavela has claimed affiliation with the tagging crew 730.

 

Omar Clerkin, aka "Yeska", Carlos Cruz, aka "Orrible", Avery Sizelove, aka "Every," and one other individual were indicted on 1 count of felony vandalism for their roles in causing $7,100 to $8,000 in damage to a Market Street restaurant on August 4, 2017. Court records show Sizelove is affiliated with KHY.

 

"Our success in holding prolific vandals accountable is dependent upon the SFPD working in partnership with the San Francisco District Attorney's Office," said Police Chief William Scott. "On behalf of the women and men of the SFPD, I'd like to thank the members of the District Attorney's Office for working effectively with us on this issue."

 

Special thanks go to the SFPD Gang Task Force Officer Martin Ferreira, SFPD Central Station, and U.S. Park Ranger Joseph Salvini for their thorough investigation.

 

While these individuals have been indicted, the case remains an open and active investigation. Anyone who has information about this case or other prolific graffiti vandals is encouraged to contact SFPD via the department's anonymous tip line at 415-575-4444 or text TIP411 with "SFPD" at the start of the message.

 

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