Suspect Arrested for Felony Vandalism
Leonardo Morales, 31, of Fillmore, Ca. Photo courtesy, June 2021.
Leonardo Morales, 31, of Fillmore, Ca. Photo courtesy, June 2021.

A 31-year-old Fillmore resident was arrested for spray-painting graffiti on numerous businesses throughout the city of Fillmore and causing hundreds of dollars of vandalism damage to these private business owners.

On January 7, at approximately 10:14 PM, the employees of a Fillmore business located in the 900 block of West Ventura Street called Ventura County Sheriff’s Communication Center (SCC) to report an in-progress vandalism crime at the establishment.

Fillmore patrol deputies responded immediately to the scene and positively identified Fillmore resident Leonardo Morales as the suspect. Morales is currently on probation for similar vandalism crimes. During a search of Morales, deputies located spray paint cans on his person, which were used to commit the graffiti vandalism in question. Deputies arrested Morales for felony vandalism.

Following Morales’ arrest, deputies and detectives assigned to the Fillmore station located additional victims of vandalism crimes linking Morales as the suspect. These business locations were in the 900 block of West Ventura Street, 700 block of West Ventura Street, and Fillmore City property located in the 900 block of Old Telegraph Road.

Morales was subsequently booked at the Ventura County Pre-Trial Detention Facility for violations of felony Graffiti Vandalism and violation of probation. Morales remains in custody with his bail set at $20,000.

Report Number: RB # 24-2794
Location: Numerous business locations throughout the City of Fillmore
Date & Time: January 7, 2024 @ 10:41 PM

(S) Leonardo Morales Fillmore 31

Prepared by: Detective Sergeant Hollowell
Approved by: Captain Eduardo Malagon