Suspect arrested in ‘slap tagging’

Suspect arrested in ‘slap tagging’By BRIAN COSNER

News Review Staff Writer

Officers of the Ridgecrest Police Department arrested a local resident suspected of “slap tagging” – a form of graffiti vandalism – locations throughout Ridgecrest.

As a large amount of graffiti began cropping up over the weekend (see related story, page 1), officers began investigating and discovered additional graffiti in sticker form — known as slap tagging — according to an RPD press release.

The suspect, 30-year-old Guy William Ray, reportedly tagged USPS mail stickers which were found in at least 79 different locations – mostly street signs and utility boxes. Officers contacted Ray on Wednesday, who was on probation and prohibited from possessing spray paint, marking devices or other tagging materials.

According to the release, police conducted a probation search of Ray and his residence where they found USPS mailing stickers, some of which were marked similarly to the ones around town, as well as paint pens and additional items connecting him to the slap tagging.

Ray was arrested and charged with vandalism and parole violation and booked in the Bakersfield Central Receiving Facility.

Story First Published: 2020-06-12