News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


Subject :

Graffiti Suspects Arrested
Contact : Sergeant Brian Philip, Palo Alto Police Department    650-329-2413
Palo Alto, CA - On Thursday, August 11, 2011 at 12:30 AM, a Palo Alto police officer stopped an SUV in the 200 block of Sheridan Avenue for a vehicle code violation.

When the officer looked into the SUV discovered that it was filled with graffiti related paraphernalia. It was also found that driver, 20 year old East Palo Alto resident Viliami Taipaletti, had a “no bail” warrant for vandalism. One of the passengers, 21 year old Palo Alto resident Richard Holmes, was on probation for vandalism. Further inspection of the vehicle revealed boxes of "slap tags," numerous spray cans, felt tip markers and several one gallon paint cans.

Both subjects were booked into the Santa Clara County jail on charges consisting of possession of vandalism tools. The driver was also booked on the warrant and the passenger had an additional probation violation charge.

A follow-up investigation will be conducted to link the duo to graffiti currently located on property within the City of Palo Alto.