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08/18/2014 05:00:48 PM - Fresh Arrest

Update to 594 Series

 Vandalism Case 13-152970 - Torres X-Ref 4695692 and Rustin X-Ref 4792593 Main 
Graffiti Watch Banner LETS 
 
Thank You District 3 Patrol Officers!

Our neighborhood's appreciation goes out to the officers listed below for a job well done in apprehending suspects in what’s been one of the most aggressive examples of series 594 vandalism in Midtown in recent years.

 
The Suspects
 
 RUSTIN, MITCHELL CODY  
DOB:  07/08/92 
HT:  6' 0"  WT:  160lbs
On Searchable Probation 

On March 12, 2014 Rustin sentenced
to 180 days - 5 years Probation
Next court date on 06/13/2013 case
09/10/2014 RESTITUTION HEARING
 

 

 
 TORRES, VALENTIN JR 
DOB:   09/10/90 
HT:  6' 2' WT:  260 lbs
Prior 594 arrest - Dismissed 

On March 27, 2014 while on bail
new charges were filed on Torres.
Next court date on new case
09/10/2014 RESTITUTION HEARING
11/13/2014 PROBATION HEARING J&S
02/13/2015 FURTHER PROCEEDINGS

 
Their Crimes (New Victims Coming Forward)

UPDATE: 7-23-13: New Wave of Vandalism:

UPDATE: 7-23-13: New Court Date - Rustin/Torres

Rustin and Torres will next appear in court on August 5, 2013.  It is my hope our neighbors and these vandal’s victims keep up their resolve to see punishment that fits the crime and RESTITUTION. It is not unusual for a property owner to feel they are on their own in such matters. I have contacted several, asking them to join Nextdoor, so they can see they are not alone. The meeting for SPD District 3 on Thursday July 25, 2013 at Clunie Community Center, 601 Alhambra at 6:30-8:00 is important. We hope they will attend.

Again, we welcome volunteers at Crimewatch. Click http://nextdoor.com/join/NHUSXT to join Nextdoor as the first step. Our hard working police officers, even with their limed resources, did their job in the most exception way on Rustin/Torres. Let’s do our part to support the District Attorney’s office and then follow up with the County of Sacramento Revenue Recovery Department to assure restitution is COLLECTED!

UPDATE: 7-11-13: GRIP Systems joins the documentation effort:

Retired CHP Officer and graffiti vandalism expert Randy Campbell assists us once again with deployment of Grip Systems in collecting additional evidence for the District Attorney. Volunteers in several District 3 high density graffiti vandalism neighborhoods are being trained in the use of this widely used cell phone application that brings automation to the burdensome task. Collecting such evidence in a manner that eases the workload for our police officers is critical.

UPDATE: 6-30-13: Has the "Battle" Begun?

 

Due to the unusually large file size of these high-res photos, we've converted them to smaller images. As new incidents and victims are identified, they will be added here.

FIRST COMMUNITY OBJECTIVE ACCOMPLISHED

It's fair to say our community is beginning to come together with the cooperation of Sacramento Police and early discussions with the District Attorney's office. The exchange of information has been impressive.

For the benefit of all participants in our previous email exchanges and this non-indexed webpage, we thank Deputy District Attorney Lisa Burroughs for the update this morning.  Her decision to continue the Torres/Rustin matter rather than go forward with the Settlement Conference on Monday 6-24-13 is appreciated. We have received some additional information that may allow us to identify properties vandalized by Torres. We’ll work with our police to insure they are giving an opportunity to participate in the process.

New information has come in but requires additional volunteers to act upon. An issue over online crime reports surfaced too. How newly identified Torres/Rustin victims is still to be resolved for having their incidents connected up with the SPD report 13-152970. That report is now closed as far as SPD is concerned and already sent to the DA’s office.

By all accounts, SPD’s Patrol officers in District 3 went above and beyond that morning. As luck would have it, it appears other calls for service may have been lighter than normal. While we list the following officers and probably others we may have missed, they deserve the business community’s recognition for an outstanding job well done. That’s the story we wish the media would run with.

Officers Smith - Alpha 34 (primary),
Holly – Alpha 35,
Toy – Alpha 31,
Monroe Alpha-37,
Bell – Alpha 32,
Sgt. Farnsworth 1-SAM-6

Moving forward there is still much work to be done.

More volunteers are welcome to canvas Midtown for specific "tags" the police have identified as being from Torres and Rustin. Once a photo is taken the volunteer contacts someone connected with the property and leaves information about the case and who to call.


Asked if we have plans for press releases the answer is: "No independent media action will be taken by Crimewatch without victims on our private but growing email list being consulted. That process worked well in 1997 and again in 2007."

SPD officers and the District Attorney's Office will be receive the recognition and appreciation so well deserved at the appropriate time. That time might be when this pair of felony vandals is given appropriate sentences.

That worked with Leon David Willis: http://crimewatch.us/willis.htm 

Crimewatch is hopeful the Rustin/Torres matter will send a message to other vandals. Their case is much like Leon David Willis aka HOG aka HOGG but we hope for a better outcome.

Santa Barbara sent him to state prison after he absconded from probation here and in spite of his 5 year suspended prison sentence here, he was not violated nor restitution collected. Leon was arrested again in June 2004, January 2010 (DUI) and just two months ago for felony drugs. He was granted diversion.

Looking back: There was a time when resources were available to send a message to vandals in our Midtown neighborhoods. Granted, this isn't 1998 or 2007 when a team effort worked and vandals stayed clear for fear of being caught and facing tough criminal prosecution. We can do it again and it appears we're on the right path.  As you watch this video, take comfort in the efforts by all concerned that justice will be served.

NOTE: To view video from the start hit F5 or Refresh Browser.
 

IMPORTANT UPDATE - 6-20-13

Sacramento Police Department and Nextdoor.com Join Forces to Work with Neighborhoods

A connected community is a safer community.  In an effort to help facilitate a virtual neighborhood watch program in Sacramento and to help foster neighbor-to-neighbor communications, the Sacramento Police Department has partnered with Nextdoor (www.nextdoor.com), the private social network for neighborhoods.

With today’s victory covered here this Police Department partnership with Nextdoor Sacramento couldn’t come at a better time and would have been helpful to our recent effort.  All in all: GOOD NEWS knowing it’s in keeping with Chief Somers’ vision of Community Policing, bringing back beat officers and support neighborhood watch groups.

Crimewatch is there! To JOIN  CLICK HERE

Read Sacramento Police Department's Press Release: CLICK HERE

Like online reports, there are still a few things to work out to better serve our city and support our police officers and the District Attorney. Join in that effort. All are welcome.

 


 

If you have a keen interest in what works and sometimes doesn't, click the link below.

View Part 1 - Anatomy of a Crimewatch Vandalism Case:


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