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Man accused in beach vandalism spree pleads not guilty to felony charges

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A man accused in a series of vandalism acts in which he allegedly etched his moniker into more than 20 windows and glass doors, mostly in the Ocean Beach area, pleaded not guilty Friday to 23 felony vandalism charges.

Jonathan Ford Gurr, 20, was ordered held on $100,000 bail.

Deputy District Attorney Chris Moon told Judge David Szumowski that Gurr admitted vandalizing 23 businesses over a six-month period, from last August through last month, causing at least $55,000 in damage.

Moon alleged that Gurr would "tag" the storefront panes of glass with his moniker, ARSEN of RSEN.

The prosecutor said Gurr spent substantial time in Fallon, Nev. and recently came to San Diego.

Gurr's attorney, Kevin Milmoe, said the defendant was living with his brother in Pacific Beach.

San Diego police alleged Wednesday that Gurr and other unidentified vandals used some type of tools to carve street names, or monikers, on more than 100 windows and glass doors in the 4800 block of Newport Avenue early on the morning of Jan. 25, causing more than $100,000 in damages to the businesses.

Moon said the investigation into the vandalism was ongoing.

San Diego police Lt. Andra Brown said authorities are looking for two suspects, one who may still be in San Diego County and one who may have fled the state.

An arrest warrant has been issued for 20-year-old James Dorman IV, who is charged in a criminal complaint, said district attorney's spokesman Steve Walker.

Gurr faces nearly 18 years in prison if convicted, Moon said. A readiness conference was set for March 15 and a preliminary hearing for March 17.

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