Truckee man, 25, faces felony charges after cemetery vandalism
TRUCKEE, Calif. — A Truckee man who reportedly showed signs of “increasingly bizarre and unpredictable behavior” was arrested this weekend on suspicion of three felony charges, including vandalism at the town’s cemetery.
According to a statement from the Truckee Police Department, officers were called by the Truckee Cemetery District on Saturday, March 26, in reference to vandalism that had apparently occurred overnight on the cemetery property, located at the end of East Jibboom Street.
Cemetery officials reportedly discovered graffiti to the gazebo area, flags and flowers pulled from markers inside the structure, and several markers defaced.
“He basically put his name on the graffiti,” TPD Sgt. Bob Womack said.
Police collected evidence at the scene, and from the graffiti they determined a possible suspect was 25-year-old Samuel Diaz Soto, of Truckee.
“Officers went to the last known address of Soto and were told by family members that he was not there. They had asked Soto to leave several days before due to his increasingly bizarre and unpredictable behavior,” according to the TPD statement. “During the latest incident at the family’s house, Soto had broke back into the house and threatened to harm them. They reported being very afraid of Soto, not sure what he was capable of, but believing he could kill them.”
According to TPD, an officer on patrol in the area of the cemetery late Saturday night saw Soto walking away from the cemetery.
After being approached by the officer, Soto fled on foot. A responding officer located Soto as he was fleeing and took him into custody without further incident.
Soto was medically cleared and booked into the Nevada County jail in Truckee on suspicion of felony charges of vandalism to a cemetery, criminal threats to his family, and burglary to an occupied residence, and a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest.
His bail was set at $52,500.
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