Pool defiled, Los Banos quintet arrested

cpride@losbanosenterprise.comJuly 3, 2014 

A prank involving the Pacheco High School pool drew the attention of police and the ire of the school district superintendent this week.

Police responded to the 200 block of North Ward Road at 1:19 a.m. Monday after receiving a report of people inside the high school’s pool area.

Police said three adult males ran from an officer who arrived to investigate. They did not get far before they were stopped by a second officer, police said. A boy and a girl, both 17, were also detained by law enforcement.

Police allege that the five individuals had thrown objects into the pool. The water was filled with starting blocks, pool covers, garbage cans, benches, folding chairs, water polo nets and equipment to roll up swimming lane lines.

Police said the school district’s maintenance personnel determined there was no structural damage to the pool.

Daniel Tunnel, 18, Isaac Robles, 20, Anthony Cervantes, 18, and the two juveniles were arrested on suspicion of vandalism and cited for trespassing. The minors were released to their parents and Tunnel, Robles and Cervantes are free on bond.

Superintendent Steve Tietjen said there was an expense to the school district, because heavy equipment was rented to remove some of the larger items from the pool.

Tietjen, who was been a superintendent at multiple school districts, said he’s heard of students pulling pranks by throwing things in pools, but Monday’s incident was excessive.

“This wasn’t (just) folding chairs,” He said. “Throwing what they did this time went way beyond that.”

Tietjen said the district plans to seek restitution.

To leave an anonymous crime tip, call (209) 827-7070, ext. 288, or report it to the Merced Area Crime Stoppers at www.mercedareacrimestoppers.org.

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