Two of the three young men who were videotaped in the process of vandalizing Newport Avenue business storefront windows last January 25th have pleaded “guilty” to felony vandalism. (Here is one of our initial reports on the vandalism along Newport.)
Jonathan Ford Gurr – a Pacific Beach resident – and James Alfred Dorman IV, arrested in early March, each pleaded “guilty” to one count of felony vandalism, so reports writer Neal Putnam of San Diego Community News Group. Both men will remain in custody until their sentencing April 28th.
Gurr and Dorman had been originally charged with 26 counts related to vandalism at Ocean Beach and Pacific Beach businesses, and including others in the Sports Arena and Morena areas. Early reports of the damages estimated that more than thirty Ocean Beach businesses had been hit, and over 90 windows or glass doors etched. With their plea to the one felony count, San Diego Superior Court Judge Eugenia Eyherabide dismissed the other counts.
Putnam reported that – in terms of sentencing – the District Attorney’s office will seek custody for up to one year – this would be jail not prison – for each guy, that they be placed on felony probation and required to pay restitution – namely to compensate all the businesses for the damages. Supposedly, the two have agreed to do this.
However, Putnam’s article did not refer to or give any information about the third suspect. During their graffiti spree in late January, the images of three men were captured by store security cameras. This greatly aided in identifying them and the arrest of the two. When the OB Ragspoke to Officer Bill Miles of the Graffiti Strike Force back on March 9th, he told us that “suspect number 3” was under surveillance.
Gurr’s bail is set at $100,000, while Dorman is being held without bail. Dorman has a drunken-driving misdemeanor case pending in Chula Vista Superior Court, according to court records.
One side issue in this case is that when the original crime bulletin went out publicly on the three suspects, all three were originally described as “Hispanic”. Neither Gurr and Dorman, both 20 years old, are not Latino.
Nor are they homeless, it should be noted.