Alan Casanova, Hector Cordova, Arturo Martinez plead guilty in Chula Vista vandalism spree
Vandalism damaged more than 100 cars
Last Updated: 56 days ago
CHULA VISTA - Three young men who went on a four-day spree of hooliganism that left scores of parked vehicles with shattered windows and a pedestrian with a minor injury from a pellet gun pleaded guilty Thursday to assault likely to cause great bodily injury and felony vandalism.
Alan Casanova, 19, Hector Cordova, 19, and Arturo Martinez, 21, were accused of damaging more than 100 vehicles, belonging to more than 100 victims, during the rampage between Sept. 26 and Sept. 29, Deputy District Attorney Steve Schott said.
Also, a man walking along East Prospect Street was shot in the shoulder with a BB, though the pedestrian did not require medical care.
They were caught after witnesses, including the assault victim, described seeing the perpetrators fleeing in a Chevrolet Astro, and a patrolman spotted them in McCandliss Park on East J Street.
Chula Vista police Capt. Gary Wedge said officers discovered an air-powered pellet pistol and two canisters of BBs inside the vehicle, the captain said. The officer detained three men standing nearby and took them in for questioning.
Judge Theodore Weathers scheduled sentencing for Nov. 14 at the South Bay Courthouse. Schott said the plea deal will allow him to seek restitution from the defendants.
"It's going to be significant," Schott said. "We're still trying to calculate the totals."
He said the defendants will have to pay back at least $25,000, according to initial reports from victims.
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