Police Charge Four in Herndon, SLHS Vandalism

by Karen Goff July 7, 2015 at 10:15 am 2,243 16 Comments

Graffiti at Herndon High SchoolFairfax County Police have charged two adults and two youths in connection with back-to-back vandalism cases at South Lakes and Herndon High Schools in early June.

Ryan Jeffrey Wait, 18, Reston and a 17-year-old male from the Reston area have been charged with one count of defacing public property, a misdemeanor, for the vandalism at Herndon High School.

Two males are charged in the South Lakes High School vandalism, Crimesolvers said. A warrant is outstanding for an 18-year-old Reston-area man who is out of the area for the summer. A 17-year-old male from the Herndon area was also charged with one count of defacing public property.

The first incident occurred at Herndon High School early on June 1. The incident at SLHS occurred between 11 p.m. on Saturday, June 6, and 1:50 p.m. on Sunday, June 7, police said.

In both cases, athletic turf fields and other outdoor property were defaced with racial, sexual and other epithets and images. Police said more than $6,000 in damage was caused to both fields.

Hunter Mill officials issued a statement that racist graffiti is “intolerable in our community.”

Crimesolvers had offered a reward for information leading to an arrest. Crimesolvers said Tuesday that the charges did not come from Crimesolvers tips, however.

Photo: Vandalism at Herndon High

  • LaureenMT

    I wonder whether any of these males had any connection to the school. I understand that the names of the juveniles will not be released, but why don’t we know the identity of the 18-year-old with a warrant?

    • Karen Goff

      Probably because if they release it now, they will have less of a chance to arrest him.

      • Chuck Morningwood

        C’mon, Karen. Do you think the kid/semi-adult is going to go underground for the duration of the statue of limitations in order to avoid a graffiti or destruction of property charge with the additional risk of an interstate flight charge? Better to get his name out now so that his summer vacation can be ruined with the worry and angst of knowing that there’s a charge waiting for him when he returns.

        That assumes, of course, that FCPD and/or FCPS Security actually know who the little cretin is. This could just be their way of trying to flush him out into the open.

        • Karen Goff

          I am not withholding, it police are.

          • Chuck Morningwood

            I’m sorry if you misunderstood me. I am not accusing you of withholding the information. I’m simply saying that the reasons for the police to withhold such information (if they have it) seems thin based on what we know.

    • Ming the Merciless

      Google says Ryan Wait was involved in various Herndon HS athletic activities – probably class of 2014. Sad lack of school spirit there, young man.

      • LaureenMT

        Yes, class of 2014. Heading to VA Tech, according to his Facebook page.

        • Karen Goff

          If he was class of 2014 he would be a sophomore at VT

          • Jmr

            HHS Class of 2015, nice kid that made a really bad decision.

  • Doctor

    Sounds like another case of under developed frontal lobes.

    • Emmanuel Goldstein

      Under the age of 25 means under developed frontal lobes in all cases

      • Doctor

        So, now that we know they had under developed lobes, do we blame them?

      • Dept Higher Education

        No according to the studies only the male species is affected. The female species not so much. You can also.compare results to our ongoing school to prison pipeline contest.

  • Dude

    These hate crimes by Reston youths are none too surprising given the level of racist remarks continually present in the comments from Restonians. The apple doesn’t fall to far from the tree.

    • Oy Vey

      Because noticing the criminal proclivities of certain groups is totally the same as spray painting swastikas on a school.

  • Tiny Tim

    I wonder if this was done by a minority to start a race war at our schools.


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