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Simi Valley vandals strike custodian, steal school vehicle

Santa Susana Elementary School, Simi Valley (Google Maps)

November 19, 2013 12:00:00 AM PST
Two juveniles were arrested after allegedly vandalizing a classroom, striking a custodian and stealing a vehicle Monday.

Simi Valley police said an employee of the Simi Valley Unified School District arrived at Santa Susana Elementary School to clean a classroom at about 7:35 p.m. Monday.

The employee found two Hispanic male juveniles vandalizing the classroom. One juvenile struck the employee in the face and the two fled, leaving in the employee's work vehicle, a Ford van with school district markings.

The unoccupied van was later located.

A Simi Valley police officer observed two juveniles matching the suspects' descriptions behind a Tapo Street business at 8:25 p.m. The juveniles were arrested and booked into juvenile hall on charges of robbery, carjacking, burglary, felony vandalism and criminal-gang participation; one of the suspects was also charged with possession of a dagger, possession of a weapon on school grounds and possession of marijuana.