Anti-Semitic graffiti at San Carlos park leads to arrest of juvenile

SAN CARLOS — An investigation into a rash of anti-Semitic and racist graffiti at various parks in San Carlos led to the arrest of a 15-year-old boy Wednesday, along with the identification of two other juvenile suspects, officials said Saturday.

San Mateo County sheriff’s detectives began conducting surveillance in a number of parks throughout San Carlos, based on an influx in what appeared to be anti-Semitic and racist graffiti, according to the sheriff’s office.

Detectives were able to identify a 15-year-old boy as a possible suspect. Around 9:45 p.m. that evening, the detectives stopped the boy as he was leaving a restroom at Crestview Park, which is located at 1000 Crestview Drive.

The boy was in possession of paraphernalia and tools used to create graffiti, officials said. He was arrested and ultimately released to this parents. He is not being identified because he is a minor.

Two other minors who were not present were subsequently identified as potential suspects and are being investigated for separate acts of vandalism, officials said.