PALMDALE – An alleged tagger suspected of causing more than $35,000 in damages at more than 25 locations in Lancaster and Palmdale was arrested Thursday, authorities said.
Tony Rodriguez, also known as “Two Down” and “West,” was arrested after Lancaster detectives served a search warrant at an apartment complex in the 500 block of East Avenue Q-12 in Palmdale, according to Sgt. Brian Dunn of the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station.
The 28-year-old Palmdale resident is suspected of scrawling his crew name “NSS” and his moniker on block walls, poles and buildings around Lancaster and Palmdale, with many of the taggings measuring more than eight feet tall and six feet wide, according to Dunn.
Rodriguez is also suspected of tagging the interior of a vacant Lancaster business, Dunn stated.
When detectives served the felony vandalism warrant Thursday, they seized evidence that helped link Rodriguez to numerous tagged and damaged property around town, according to Dunn.
“During this investigation, detectives learned Mr. Tony Rodriguez was arrested by Palmdale deputies in April of 2014 for numerous prior tagging incidents,” Dunn stated. “In those tagging incidents, Mr. Rodriguez used the moniker “West.” He was convicted for felony vandalism charges and placed on felony probation for his past conviction.”
Rodriguez was booked at the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station jail Thursday with bail set at $20,000.
Lancaster detectives will be presenting this new case to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office for filing consideration, according to Dunn.