BURBANK (CBSLA.com) — An 18-year-old man pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges he spray painted hate messages in Burbank, according to court officials.
Drew Benda, of Burbank, was taken into custody Monday at Wilbur Avenue and Bel Aire Drive for felony vandalism and hate crimes.READ MORE: Caught On Tape: San Bernardino Sheriff Deputy Kicks Surrendered Suspect In Head 2 times
Burbank police Sgt. Claudio Losacco told City News Service the teenager was seen with evidence connecting him to Swastikas and racial slurs spray painted in a three to four-block area hours before his arrest.
Investigators say more than a dozen vehicles, garage doors, fences and other items were spray painted near John Muir Middle School.
Benda faces 10 felony vandalism charges.READ MORE: Car Fire On I-10 Freeway Slows Traffic
Authorities said he is being held on $50,000 bail.
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