An 18-year-old man now living in Utah has been charged with a felony vandalism count stemming from a June graffiti incident at Danville's All Wars Memorial, town police announced Wednesday.
Jared Vance, who was a local resident before recently relocating to Provo, Utah, has not yet been arrested but was told he'd been deemed a suspect in the Danville memorial vandalism case, according to Danville police Sgt. Brian Sliger.
Vance is the only person facing a criminal charge for the incident following a nearly two-month investigation, Sliger said.
"We are very glad that we were able to bring closure to this case, and we empathize with our local veterans who were affected by the vandalism of this important memorial," Danville police chief Steve Simpkins said in a statement.
Authorities found graffiti on the pavement, stone paths and granite benches at the memorial in Oak Hill Park on the morning of June 8.
Police later released a faint photograph, pulled from nighttime video from a camera at the park, showing "persons of interest" walking in the direction of the memorial around 3:30 a.m. June 8.
A reward was offered for information in the case, ultimately growing to $12,000 with funds provided by town officials and private contributors.
The outpouring of community support was vital during the investigation, Sliger said. Investigators followed up on tips and other case information before presenting their findings to the Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office, which filed a single felony vandalism count against Vance.
Police identified other people who were at the park during that time, but Vance is the only one charged in connection with the vandalism, Sliger said.
Vance was "from the area" but recently moved to Utah, according to the sergeant, who said the relocation was pre-planned and not an effort to evade police. Sliger declined to specify where in the Bay Area Vance used to live.
Danville police also declined to release a photograph of Vance, citing department policy.
The felony charge has been filed against Vance, but an arrest warrant hasn't yet been issued, Sliger said.