Father and son arrested for graffiti, police say

A 13-year-old boy arrested on suspicion of graffiti probably won’t face his father’s wrath for allegedly tagging a wall.

That’s because dad may have been giving his son a few graffiti pointers, according to Merced police.

Merced resident Felipe Ramos, 32, and his son were taken into custody Saturday on suspicion of spray painting graffiti on the side of an abandoned building on the 1600 block of West Main Street.

Sgt. Rodney Court and Officer Brian Bowen spotted Ramos and his son after an anonymous caller alerted law enforcement, police said. The suspects fled after police arrived at the scene, although the officers later located them at their residence on the 1700 block of West North Bear Creek Drive.

Police said Ramos, who is on felony probation, and his son both had spray paint on their hands. Police also reported finding the spray can that was used during the alleged crime.

Ramos was booked into Merced County Main Jail on suspicion of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a felony graffiti violation and delaying peace officers.

The teenager was booked into Merced County Juvenile Hall on suspicion of felony graffiti and delaying a peace officer.Ramos remains in jail in lieu of $13,000 bail.

[TAIL_FL]Reporter Victor A. Patton can be reached at (209) 385-2431 or vpatton@mercedsun-star.com.