Man arrested in the case of the 'HOLLYWeeD' sign - CBS News 8 - San Diego, CA News Station - KFMB Channel 8

Man arrested in the case of the 'HOLLYWeeD' sign

Posted: Updated:

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles police have made a "HOLLYWeeD" bust.

Zachary Cole Fernandez, 30, was arrested Monday, just over a week after a prankster used white tarps to make the "HOLLYWOOD" sign read "HOLLYWeeD," the LAPD said in a statement.

Fernandez turned himself in with his attorney and was booked on suspicion of misdemeanor trespassing, police said.

The prankster was dressed in black and was recorded by security cameras in the area changing the sign early New Year's Day.

Fernandez, an artist, had already claimed credit for the stunt in a Vice magazine interview, but police had not previously confirmed his involvement.

Fernandez told Vice he had heard someone pulled the same prank in the 1970s, and he sought to repeat it to "bring positivity into the world."

Fernandez will be released on his own recognizance and must return to court Feb. 15, police said.

Contact information to request comment could not be found for Fernandez or his attorney.

David Ryu, the city councilman for the area of the Hollywood sign, said such pranks "deplete the resources of our valuable public safety personnel, in both responding to the prank and in responding to the increased crowds and copycat attempts that these incidents generate."

He added, "While the Hollywood Sign is an internationally recognized icon, it is located in a large urban wilderness park next to thousands of residential homes."

Copyright 2017 The Associated Press.

  • Entertainment NewsEntertainment NewsMore>>

  • Trump attacks porn actress Stormy Daniels as 'Horseface'

    Trump attacks porn actress Stormy Daniels as 'Horseface'

    Tuesday, October 16 2018 11:55 AM EDT2018-10-16 15:55:46 GMT
    Tuesday, October 16 2018 9:29 PM EDT2018-10-17 01:29:36 GMT
    (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File). FILE - In this Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, file photo, adult film actress Stormy Daniels arrives for the opening of the adult entertainment fair "Venus," in Berlin. On Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, a federal judge dismissed Dan...(AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File). FILE - In this Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, file photo, adult film actress Stormy Daniels arrives for the opening of the adult entertainment fair "Venus," in Berlin. On Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, a federal judge dismissed Dan...
    President Donald Trump is insulting the physical appearance of porn actress Stormy Daniels, calling her "Horseface" in a tweet about a recent legal ruling. 
    President Donald Trump is insulting the physical appearance of porn actress Stormy Daniels, calling her "Horseface" in a tweet about a recent legal ruling. 
  • Literary group sues Trump, alleges free speech stifling

    Literary group sues Trump, alleges free speech stifling

    Tuesday, October 16 2018 10:16 AM EDT2018-10-16 14:16:01 GMT
    Tuesday, October 16 2018 9:18 PM EDT2018-10-17 01:18:08 GMT
    The PEN American Center, the literary and human rights organization, is suing President Donald Trump. 
    The PEN American Center, the literary and human rights organization, is suing President Donald Trump. 
  • Chance the Rapper weighs in on Chicago mayoral race

    Chance the Rapper weighs in on Chicago mayoral race

    Tuesday, October 16 2018 2:06 PM EDT2018-10-16 18:06:01 GMT
    Tuesday, October 16 2018 9:18 PM EDT2018-10-17 01:18:00 GMT
    (Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP). Chancelor Bennett, known professionally as Chance The Rapper, endorses Amara Enyia for mayor of Chicago during a press conference at City Hall, Tuesday morning, Oct. 16, 2018.(Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP). Chancelor Bennett, known professionally as Chance The Rapper, endorses Amara Enyia for mayor of Chicago during a press conference at City Hall, Tuesday morning, Oct. 16, 2018.
    Chance the Rapper is weighing in on the Chicago mayor's race. 
    Chance the Rapper is weighing in on the Chicago mayor's race. 
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KFMB-TV. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.