Reputed gang member charged with felony vandalism

A reputed gang member was charged with felony vandalism after he allegedly spray-painted graffiti on the Pioneer Drive and Patterson Avenue tunnel.

Narbe Ohanessian, 23, of Glendale is scheduled to appear Nov. 9 in the Los Angeles County Superior Court in Burbank for a preliminary hearing on the vandalism offense, according to court officials.

Ohanessian, who claims ties to a Southeast Los Angeles gang, was arrested Friday after witnesses reported hearing sounds from a spray can in the tunnel, according to Glendale police reports.

Officers arrived to the find graffiti and markings representing the L.A. gang. They also saw Ohanessian and another man walking in the area, police said.

They approached Ohanessian and noticed that his fingertips were covered in white paint, according to reports.

Officers looked through Ohanessian’s cell phone, where they found photographs of the alleged graffiti that had just been spray painted in the tunnel, according to reports.

Ohanessian denied painting the graffiti, claiming that he saw the graffiti, touched it and got paint on his hands, according to reports.

Veronica Rocha

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