MARIPOSA COUNTY – During the early morning hours of Saturday, Sept. 21, Mariposa County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a disturbance at the Mariposa County Elementary School, located on Sixth Street in the town of Mariposa.
At about 3:15 a.m., the Sheriff’s Office received a report that someone heard the sound of glass breaking, along with other noises near a school-owned vehicle.
Upon arrival, deputies located a pick-up truck with several windows broken out, and two men near the vehicle.
The suspects ran from the area when officers arrived. A K9 deputy deployed his police dog to track the fleeing men.
The K9 immediately started tracking and quickly apprehended one man, while the second was caught attempting to scale a tall fence at the school site’s perimeter. Both men were taken into custody.
An investigation revealed that the two had vandalized the truck and also attempted to break into a storage shed on the school property. They had also destroyed the school garden and committed other acts of vandalism, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Austin Card-Rhoan and Kalen Lemire, both of Mariposa and both 20 years of age, were arrested on various charges and booked into the Mariposa County Adult Detention Facility. Both were found to be intoxicated.
Card-Rhoan became very combative with jail officers and deputies while in the facility, and was charged with additional violations.