Longmont Police seek 19-year-old John Heston in cemetery vandalism attacks; more than $20K in damage
1 other adult, 5 teens ID'd in vandalism
Last Updated: 106 days ago
LONGMONT, Colo. - Longmont police have obtained an arrest warrant for a 19-year-old male suspect in a string of vandalism attacks in which more than 150 headstones and a Civil War memorial statue were toppled at Mountain View Cemetery.
Longmont Police Cmdr. Jeff Satur said police are trying to locate John Heston, who is wanted for criminal mischief causing more than $20,000 in damage. Police Heston may be staying in the Longmont area with friends or camping along the St. Vrain River.
Police have also identified a 21-year-old individual and six juveniles -- one girl and five boys, ages 14 to 17 -- who had some role or knowledge of the vandalism and are cooperating with investigators. Saturday said the young people will be referred to a restorative justice program run by the Longmont Community Justice Partnership -- or LCJP.
They will be "held accountable for their actions," Satur said.
The string of vandalism four attacks from June 29 to Aug. 10 outraged residents.
LCJP provides an alternative approach to justice that focuses on the needs of the victims and the offenders along with the community, Satur said. Restorative Justice involves, as much as possible and where there is will, victims, offenders, community members as well as representatives from the law enforcement and corrections systems. Victims take an active role in the process, while offenders are encouraged to take responsibility for their actions. Information about LCJP is available at http://www.lcjp.org/who-we-are The program's executive director, Candy A. Campbell, can be reached at 303-651-8879.
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