Vandalism

East Palo Alto Landlord Arrested for Vandalism (CA Penal Code 594) and Dissuading a Witness (CA Penal Code 136.1)

An East Palo Alto landlord was arrested for vandalism (CA Penal Code 594) on October 21, after the Office of the District Attorney for the county of Santa Clara issued warrants stemming from his alleged destruction of tenant’s property in order to intimidate them and cause them to leave the premises.  It is alleged that the landlord, Nemat Matt Malek Salehi vandalized property belonging to tenants because he hoped they would leave the premises, and he would be able to charge higher rent at the East Palo Alto residential building.His son, was arrested on the same warrant for dissuading a witness (CA Penal...

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Elderly Man Accused of Vandalizing Trees in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park (CA Penal Code §594)

When someone says the word “vandalism,” it usually conjures up images of graffiti or the destruction of public property like signs or private property like vehicles.  However, when the public property in question is a tree like the ones in Golden Gate Park, it seems odd to call it “vandalism” when someone alters a living thing – yet, it is.  Under CA Penal Code §594, public parks are included in “damaged property” and 65-year-old Ken Frisch has been accused of having done just this.  He was ticketed near the Chain Lakes and John F. Kennedy Drive for purposefully wrecking park property,...

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