Menlo Park police officers conducting a graffiti sting Wednesday night arrested two East Palo Alto men after the two were caught allegedly spray painting on the Ringwood pedestrian bridge.
The bridge runs from Pierce Road over Highway 101 onto Van Buren Road in Menlo Park.
When officers attempted to contact Hector Nieblasbastidas, 18, and Flavio Gomez, 18, one of the men ran off over the pedestrian bridge toward Van Buren Road. Two officers already at the base of the bridge apprehended him as he exited.
Officers conducted a search of their property and found numerous spray paint cans and markers as well as illegal narcotics. Nieblasbastidas and Gomez were arrested and booked into the San Mateo County Jail on charges of vandalism of $400 or more, possession of spray paint, conspiracy to commit a crime, resisting or obstructing a police officer and possession of a controlled substance.
The investigation into the extent of their graffiti around San Mateo County is ongoing, and anyone with information pertaining to the case is asked to call the Menlo Park Police Department at 650-330-6300.