Angel Castro, a 24-year-old male Hispanic, was taken into custody on Wednesday afternoon, July 13. He was wanted by LASD Transit Policing Division detectives in connection with the defacement of a Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Venice, just before Memorial Day this year. The wall is located at the rear of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Division 6.
Castro, who uses the moniker “LITER” (pronounced LIGHT-er) was one of the four monikers identified earlier this month by the lead detective on the case, Michael Thibodeaux. Detective Thibodeaux secured a warrant for Castro’s arrest. Castro was taken into custody without incident in the Exposition Park area of Los Angeles by members of the Sheriff’s Department’s Transit Policing Division Crime Impact Team.
During the initial interview with Detective Thibodeaux, Suspect Castro admitted to his role in the vandalism of the Veterans Memorial Wall. Castro was booked at the LASD Century Regional Detention Facility for violation of 594(b)(1) PC – Felony Vandalism. His bail is currently set at $95,000. He is scheduled to be arraigned later this week and could face additional charges as the investigation is still ongoing. LASD Transit Policing Division detectives continue to seek additional information regarding additional suspects, with monikers “PHEB”, “NONER”, and “SNAKE”, that are connected with the tagging of the Veterans Memorial Wall.
If you have information regarding the identities of the other monikers believed to be connected to this crime or any additional information please call the LASD Transit Policing Division detectives at (888) 950-SAFE(7233), or if you wish to remain anonymous, you can call “LA Crime Stoppers” by dialing 800-222-TIPS (8477). You also can text the letters “TIPLA” plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or use the website http://lacrimestoppers.org
UPDATE from Los Angeles County District Attorney, July 15, 2016:
Man Charged With Vandalizing Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall
A 24-year-old man accused of defacing a war memorial in Venice was charged today, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.
Angel Castro (dob 2/24/92) has been charged with one felony count of vandalism over $400 damage-graffiti in case SA093405.
The felony complaint also alleges that Castro was previously convicted of robbery in 2015.
The defendant is scheduled to be arraigned today in Department 30 at the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Airport Branch. Prosecutors will ask that bail be set at $85,000.
Prosecutors said on May 25 Castro allegedly vandalized the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall located at 100 Sunset Avenue in Venice.
The defendant was arrested in connection with the crime on July 13.
If convicted as charged, Castro faces a maximum possible sentence of six years in state prison.
The case is being investigated by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.