Tagger Charged With 5 New Vandalism Charges

A graffiti vandal who was convicted last year, after his work was posted on YouTube, was charged Tuesday with five new felony vandalism charges.

Authorities allege that Cyrus Yazdani, 25, caused more than $14,000 in damage between last Dec. 22 and March 31 on the 7th Street and Cesar Chavez bridges and in the 4200 block of South Broadway.

Yazdani -- who used the moniker "Buket" -- was scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday afternoon at the downtown Los Angeles courthouse on the new charges.

He also is facing probation violation hearings for his two prior convictions, including his Dec. 22, guilty plea to 32 felony counts of vandalism.

He was sentenced then to 314 days already served in county jail, 256 hours of graffiti removal and five years formal probation, and faces up to three years in prison if he's found to have violated his probation.

Authorities said last year that Yazdani was featured in a YouTube video in which he was seen scaling a bridge near the Melrose Avenue off-ramp of the Hollywood (101) Freeway and tagging in broad daylight. The video has been viewed more than 455,000 times on the Web site.

He was most recently arrested last Thursday in the Watts area for allegedly violating the terms of his probation, which included a strict prohibition on tagging.


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Sheriff's deputies also conducted a probation compliance search of Yazdani's residence, where they allegedly recovered tools for scratching or etching windows and clothing splattered with paint.

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