Menlo Park vandalism: Youth may face 22 counts

District attorney reviewing Menlo Park vandalism cases

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.


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Posted by gina
a resident of Menlo Park: Stanford Weekend Acres
on Jul 12, 2012 at 4:41 pm

WHEN SCHOOL IS OUT LET THE CRIMES BEGIN. I Hope they throw the book at these kids to teach them a lesson. If your old and stupid enough to know what your doing is wrong, I think they should all be charged as adults.

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Posted by Aquamarine
a resident of another community
on Jul 13, 2012 at 3:02 pm

So what about federal charges since these were mailboxes and mail tampered with?

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