Sixth youth arrested in school vandalism


August 16, 2006|By LYNN ANDERSON

School police have arrested a sixth youth and charged him with vandalism and destruction of property in connection with the ransacking of classrooms and offices at City College on Sunday.

The sixth youth was arrested Monday night. Earlier that day, police apprehended several other youths in connection to the vandalism incident. Police were still looking for a seventh youth yesterday, said school spokeswoman Vanessa Pyatt.

The youths, ages 10 to 15, broke into the high school Sunday, school police say. They trashed an art classroom, ruined many computers and several copy machines and used fire extinguishers to cover several offices with a thick layer of dust. Police are withholding the suspects' names because they are juveniles.

School officials estimate losses at the school in Northeast Baltimore, to be more than $100,000.

Two of the youths linked to the vandalism are cousins, Pyatt said.

School police want to meet with prosecutors to see if they can charge the youths' parents and hold them accountable for the damage. A date for the meeting had not been set yesterday, Pyatt said.

The school's alumni association is also offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

A nearby medical clinic has also been targeted by vandals recently, but city police say there is no evidence that the two incidents are related.

The Shepherd's Clinic, a primary care facility for the uninsured at 2800 Kirk Ave., was vandalized Wednesday and Friday last week, according to Marlene Sorra, the clinic's volunteer coordinator.

Sorra said that both times vandals broke the clinic's glass front door but did not enter the office. She said a security light over the front door was also broken Friday. The clinic has been targeted by vandals numerous times in recent years, Sorra said.

"It's really sad that we have to spend money on replacing glass instead of buying medicine," Sorra said. "We're all angry."

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