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Woman arrested after marking up the historical Santa Fe Railroad Depot with graffiti

April 7, 2018

NEEDLES, Calif – On Wednesday, April 4, at about 8:00 a.m. deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department - Colorado River Station / Needles Police Department responded to the 800 block of Front St. regarding a woman using blue and green ink pens to write on the exterior walls of the historical Santa Fe Railroad Depot.

Witnesses in the area of the "El Garces" historical building near the Santa Fe Railroad Depot, Monique Debont (age 49 of Needles) using blue and green ink pens to write on the exterior walls of the building.

Deputy Deruiter contacted Debont and saw her damaging the building with the ink pens. Debont had blue and green ink on her hands and was standing in the area where the damage occurred. There were several words written on a historic building in the same color ink.

Further investigation revealed that Debont was responsible for an additional graffiti incident on Broadway near the California St. pedestrian underpass on March 30, 2018. Debont was taken into custody and booked into jail, where she is currently being held on a $5,000 bond.

Anyone with information about this crime is urged to contact Deputy Jeremy Deruiter at 760-326-9200.

Persons charged with a crime are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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