Recently, a Val Verde man was arrested on multiple charges after an altercation with another resident. According to reports, deputies were called to Harding Ave. to respond to allegations of assault with a deadly weapon. The scene involved the victim sitting in his trailer when he was accosted by the suspect. A verbal altercation began, during which the suspect went outside and removed a fence pole. He then threatened the victim and his son, running after them with it.
The suspect left the scene of the crime before deputies arrived, but returned as they were conducting their investigation. As a result, he was arrested on suspicion of vandalism and assault with a deadly weapon. He was taken to the Santa Clarita Sheriff Station where he went through booking and processing and was released on bond later on.
Vandalism is covered under California Penal Code 594 PC and is described as maliciously damaging, defacing, or destroying another person’s property. The crime is charged as a misdemeanor when the damage is valued at less than $400. If the damage is valued at $400 or greater, the crime can be charged as a felony.
Misdemeanor penalties for vandalism charges include up to 1 year in county jail, a maximum fine of $1,000 (or $5,000 if you have a prior vandalism conviction), and/or informal probation. Felony penalties include up to 1 year in county jail, up to $10,000 in fines, and the same probation conditions as misdemeanor charges.
Assault with a deadly weapon is covered under California Penal Code 245(a)(1) PC and is described as attacking or attempting to attack another person with a deadly weapon. You do not need to hurt someone in order to be charged with the crime, you only need to try and do so.
Like vandalism, assault with a deadly weapon can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony. Misdemeanor charges include up to 1 year in county jail. Felony penalties include up to 4 years in California state prison.