Man, 24, Arrested on Suspicion of Defacing Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Venice

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Cleanup efforts were underway to restore a veteran memorial in Venice after it was defaced with graffiti ahead of Memorial Day. (Credit: KTLA)

A man was arrested Wednesday after his moniker was found spray-painted on the face of a Vietnam War mural in Venice days before Memorial Day.

Detectives had identified Angel Castro, 24, earlier this month as one of four vandals who defaced the wall bearing the names of 2,273 soldiers declared missing in action or prisoners of war in Vietnam, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Castro admitted to participating in the vandalism during an initial interview with lead Det. Michael Thibodeaux, who later obtained a warrant to arrest him, authorities said.

Castro, who goes by the moniker “Liter,” was taken into custody in the Exposition Park area on suspicion of felony vandalism. He is being held in lieu of $95,000 bail.

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