Santa Ana

Charges Expected to Be Filed for Santa Ana Mural Vandalism

Charges are expected to be announced Tuesday in a vandalism case involving a beloved Santa Ana mural celebrating Mexican-American veterans, authorities said.

A suspect has been arrested in the case, authorities said. Details on the suspect are expected to be released during a Tuesday afternoon news conference, according to Michelle Van Der Linden, spokeswoman for the Orange County District Attorney's Office.

The mural features nearly 200 portraits of Mexican-American men and women who have served in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. It was defaced twice in March.

Painted by construction worker Carlos Aguilar over five years, the mural at La Chiquita Grocery on Washington Avenue and Custer Street is a source of pride in the community, police said. Two separate efforts helped raise more than $10,000 to repair the mural.

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