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Police arrest third suspect in Chula Vista vandalism spree

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CHULA VISTA (CNS) - A third suspect was jailed Wednesday in connection with a South Bay spree of hooliganism that left scores of parked vehicles with shattered windows and a pedestrian with a minor injury from a pellet gun.

Alan Casanova, 19, was arrested this morning for allegedly taking part in the auto-vandalism series and assault, which took place throughout Chula Vista over a four-day period late last month, according to police.

Capt. Gary Wedge said a total of 89 vehicles were damaged during the rampage, and a man walking along East Prospect Street was shot in the shoulder with a BB, though the pedestrian did not require medical care.

Witnesses, including the assault victim, described seeing the perpetrators fleeing in a Chevrolet Astro.

About 4:30 a.m. Sunday, a patrolman spotted a van matching the suspect vehicle parked at McCandliss Park on East J Street. Inside it was an air-powered pellet pistol and two canisters of BBs, the captain said. The officer detained three men standing nearby and took them in for questioning.

Two of the suspects, 19-year-old Hector Cordova of Chula Vista and 21-year-old Arturo Martinez of San Diego, allegedly confessed to taking part in the offenses. The third apparently had no involvement and was released.

Cordova and Martinez were each booked into county jail on suspicion of 106 counts of vandalism and one count of assault with a deadly weapon. They were being held on bail of $1.09 million and $1.06 million, respectively, pending arraignment, scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.

Casanova, a Chula Vista resident who also was wanted for an alleged probation violation, was expected to face a similar slate of charges, according to police. The date of his initial court appearance in the case was not immediately available.

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