SAN FRANCISCO—The San Francisco Police Department’s Special Investigations Division identified a suspect involved in vandalism on November 17 at the French American International School located on the unit block of Oak Street.
Officers from the Northern Police District responded to the incident. According to a press release from the SFPD, “the vandalism was in the form of shapes painted on a wall in black paint” and was “described as an eight pointed star with a crescent moon.” Officers spotted the number seven painted on the playground surface.
While video surveillance showed the vandal on the playground when the school was closed overnight, information was provided to all officers through a crime bulletin with a request to find the “person of interest” for further investigation.
By November 18, Park Station officers came across a suspect, who matched the description given in the crime bulletin, while in the area of Masonic Avenue and Fulton Street during a routine patrol.
The Special Investigations Division of the SFPD questioned and later identified the suspect as Edward Vanwright, a 44-year-old transient.
Vanwright has a prior conviction that required him to register as a sex registrant. He was also charged with being a sex registrant present on school grounds. He was arrested and booked on misdemeanor charges of trespassing and vandalism.
The SFPD states that the “investigation did not reveal any connection to terrorism and there is no threat to the school, students, or staff.” Authorities indicated there is not enough evidence to charge Vanwright with a hate crime.
The SFPD further informs the public that even though an arrest has been made, anyone with information on the incident is asked to call the SFPD Anonymous Tip Line (415) 575-4444, or Text A Tip to TIP411 and include “SFPD” in the opening of the message.