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Suspects arrested in Big Game-related vandalism

STANFORD -- Stanford police arrested two University of California-Berkeley students early Monday, Nov. 13, for allegedly spray- painting blue and gold bear paws around campus.

A campus security officer spotted two people spray-painting the paw prints at 3:41 a.m. near Stanford Stadium, site of this year's Big Game between Cal and Stanford, scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 18.

Stanford usually hires additional security personnel for the period before the game to watch out for just that kind of rivalry-related crime, said Stanford police Capt. Raoul Niemeyer.

When approached by officers, the two fled the scene on foot, one heading toward the wooded areas across Galvez Street, the other in the director of the Main Quad.

Stanford police Officer Harris Kuhn eventually located the first suspect hiding in the brush. Thuon Pin Chen, 21, was arrested on charges of trespassing, vandalism, possession of paint with the intent to vandalize, and resisting arrest. Chen was booked into the Santa Clara County Jail and later released on bail.

Officers located the second suspect, Steven Andrew Brown, 24, later in the morning when he was spotted driving past the stadium and recognized by the security officer who initially witnessed the vandalism. The car was stopped and Brown was arrested on charges of being in possession of paint with the intent to vandalize.

Brown, who police say admitted to painting the paws near the stadium, was released pending a review of the case by the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office, Niemeyer said.

After daybreak on Monday, police found blue and gold paw prints at several locations, including Green and Meyer libraries and on both sides of Tresidder Memorial Union.



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