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3 indicted for defacing missions

Friday, July 13, 2018

A federal grand jury in San Antonio has indicted three individuals for allegedly defacing the San Antonio Mission National Historical Park Visitor’s Center last month, according to U.S. Attorney John F. Bash, San Antonio Missions National Historical Park Superintendent Mardi Arce and San Antonio Police Chief William McManus.

The indictment charges 20-year-old Gabriella Petra Fritz, 21-year-old Sydney Elizabeth Faris and 19-year-old Andres Castaneda with one count of depredation of Government property. The indictment alleges that from June 21-22, the defendants willfully used spray paint to deface the Visitor’s Center at Mission San Jose and signage resulting in damages exceeding $1,000.

The defendants face up to ten years in federal prison upon conviction. No court dates have been scheduled.

The National Park Service and the San Antonio Police Department conducted this investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Sarah Wannarka is prosecuting this case on behalf of the Government in coordination with the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office concerning damage to both federal and non-federal property (Mission San Juan).

An indictment is merely a charge and should not be considered as evidence of guilt. The defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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