SLO police chase men spray painting train cars

August 21, 2017

Melquiedes Anastacio Rodriguez

Witnesses spotted two men tagging the cars of a train that was stopped in San Luis Obispo on Sunday.

Shortly after 1 p.m., the San Luis Obispo Police Department sent officers to the area of the railroad tracks near Industrial Way. Officers arrived to find two male suspects spray painting the cars of a train that was stopped on the tracks, a SLOPD press release states.

As police tried to contact the suspects, the men fled in different directions.

Officers searched several neighborhoods and found one of the suspects blocks away from the scene. They arrested him after a foot pursuit.

Melquiedes Anastacio Rodriguez, 24, of santa Maria was booked in San Luis Obispo County Jail on charges of felony vandalism and resisting arrest. Rodriguez remains in custody with his bail set at $20,000.

Union Pacific Railroad officials estimate the vandalism resulted in about $10,000 worth of damage. Investigators request that anyone who has information about the incident or the outstanding suspect call the police department at (805) 781-7313.







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15 Comments

  1. non_sequitur says:

    Spray painting boxcars is dumb, but how can adding some paint to a box car cost $10000? I travel by train a lot, it is *very* rare to see a boxcar which is not heavily tagged. Union Pacific will not re-paint the car, they never do. Most likely, it’s just another insurance claim for them. They should give this guy a cut of it.

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  2. shishkabob141 says:

    Used to be you could make him work off the damages.
    Now he’s more than likely file a workers comp claim against you.
    Punk.

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  3. Myself says:

    Take this dork and find his buddy, every day take them to the rail yard, when a train stops there these two morons will be busy cleaning grafilthy off of rail cars.

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  4. standup says:

    What a punk. Spray paint his face. Stupid ass.

    (4) 8 Total Votes - 6 up - 2 down

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