Twenty-two counts of vandalism, one count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and possession of burglary tools: Ryan Anthony Mattei, 18, is looking at a long laundry list of charges if the San Mateo County district attorney's office agrees with police.
Mr. Mattei was arrested when police responded to a call of vandalism in progress in Menlo Park on June 25.
Officers spotted a red Ford 2002 pickup truck that resembled one described by witnesses to earlier crimes, according to the police report. The truck yielded two suspects -- Mr. Mattei and a juvenile companion. The investigation also unearthed a third teenage suspect.
All 22 alleged acts of vandalism took place in Menlo Park, police spokeswoman Nicole Acker said. That includes 13 car windows shattered by BB gun -- eight in one day -- and four damaged mailboxes. The crimes appeared random.
One mailbox, blown up by a firecracker that also destroyed the mail, belonged to Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, sources said. She recently built a home in Menlo Park.
The San Mateo County district attorney's office is reviewing the case against Mr. Mattei and will decide which charges merit prosecution. The cases against the 13-year-old and 16-year-old suspects will be handled by juvenile probation, according to police.
The arrests did not put a stop to vandalism within the city. On Wednesday afternoon (July 11), police responded to a report of a driver's side car window shattered by BB gun in the 1300 block of Willow Road. Right now there are no suspects, police said.