Modesto police arrest man suspected of tagging wall

Officers arrested a man suspected of vandalizing a wall with spray paint early today in northwest Modesto after a vigilant resident witnessed the tagging and notified police, a department spokesman said.

Modesto police Sgt. Brian Findlen said Tyler Siemens, 24, of Modesto, was arrested on suspicion of felony vandalism and resisting arrest. The incident occurred about 12:30 a.m. in the area behind homes on the north side of the 2000 block of Mendocino Way, just south of Standiford Avenue and east of Prescott Road.

Findlen said the resident saw a shadow of a person spray-painting a wall behind the homes and called police. He said officers arrived within minutes and spotted Siemens spray-painting a large letter on the wall.

Siemens ran, but officers caught him as he tried to jump a nearby fence. Findlen said the officers returned to the wall and found Siemens had just started his tagging with a yellow and white “S” about 5 feet tall. Siemens didn’t finish.

The vandalism did not appear to gang-related. Findlen said this sort of vandalism is done by taggers “done for their own notoriety for what they believe is art work.”

Police encourage other residents to report vandalism by calling 911. Findlen said vandalism is an increasing problem that leads to significant damage that creates costs for homeowners, business owners and the city of Modesto.

Those who provide information leading to arrests can be eligible for a cash reward through the Crime Stoppers program. Findlen said the resident who reported this incident will be referred to Crime Stoppers for consideration of a reward.

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