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Menlo Park: Jellyfish tagger pleads no contest to vandalism

 

A 21-year-old Menlo Park resident known as "Stand" pleaded no contest Monday, Feb. 26, to a vandalism misdemeanor on the condition that other charges be dismissed due to insufficient evidence.

According to prosecutors, Aderis Dominique Williams in 2014 tagged a Highway 101 railway crossing, a Caltrain car, a power transformer and several parking barriers in Menlo Park using the name "Stand" and a distinct jellyfish symbol in the graffiti.

Menlo Park police obtained a warrant to search the home of then 18-year-old Mr. Williams and found examples of his tagging work and graffiti materials, prosecutors said. Police also found he had a jellyfish tattoo on his leg that matched the tagging symbol.

Mr. Williams' brother also reportedly confirmed that the young man's nickname is "Stand."

Damage cost estimates hover around $4,000 but could rise, according to prosecutors. The case has been continued to April 9 for the restitution report and order for restitution.

Mr. Williams was put on two years' probation and will be subject to search and seizure, the "usual fines and fees," and will not be permitted to possess graffiti tools or instruments, according to prosecutors.

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