UPDATE: On Sunday, Oct. 21, 73-year-old Job Lopez was issued a citation for petty theft and for vandalism. He is scheduled to appear in court in December.
A man connected to a vandalism case on Friday involving a city council candidate's campaign sign has been identified.
While the investigation into this case is still ongoing, we wanted to provide the community with an update in light of the traction this incident has received.
On Friday, Oct. 19, around 3:40 am, a man walked up to front door of a home on the 100 block of Church Street. Home security footage captured the man allegedly defacing a campaign sign belonging to city council candidate John Inks. In the video, the man appears to spray paint the sign, walk back to the front of the yard and pick up another type of sign, and walk away. The man seen in the video was wearing sunglasses with the hood of his sweatshirt pulled up over a baseball cap, dark colored pants and gloves.
When we received a copy of this footage early Saturday morning, one of our officers immediately recognized the man. That individual was interviewed on Saturday, and on Sunday, officers issued a citation for petty theft and for vandalism to 73-year-old Job Lopez. He is scheduled to appear in court in December. Should anything change, or should we have further updates on this incident, we will immediately inform our community. We appreciate your patience as we gather information and as we thoroughly investigate this incident.
We encourage anyone who has any additional information on this incident to contact Sgt. Wahed Magee at Wahed.Magee@mountainview.gov. Media inquiries can be sent to PIO Katie Nelson at firstname.lastname@example.org