After multiple threats connected to California’s controversial new vaccine law were spray-painted in several locations in the greater Los Angeles area, a 28-year-old Ontario man was arrested, police announced.
A man writing in black spray-paint on the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce building was first spotted on Wednesday afternoon, according to a news release from police. When officers arrived, the vandal had fled.
One of the messages stated, “4 every kid afflicted a public figure will die SB277.”
The graffiti refers to a Senate Bill 277, signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown this week that eliminates “personal belief” exemptions for parents who want to send their children to school without required vaccines. Beginning in 2016, children and public and private schools and preschools will be required to have vaccines unless a doctor can provide a medical reason why immunization would be unsafe for the child.
The bill prompted protests by anti-vaccine groups.
Investigators discovered that West Hollywood City Hall and two other spots along the 10 Freeway were also vandalized, according to the Beverly Hills Police Department.
Their investigation led — through means not described — to Marlon Andrino, who was contacted by phone. He surrendered at the Beverly Hill police station about 1 p.m. Thursday.
He was held on suspicion of multiple counts of felony vandalism. He was released Friday just before noon and was due in court Monday, county inmate records showed.
Detectives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s West Hollywood Station and investigators from the California Highway Patrol worked on the investigation alongside Beverly Hills police.