Bullhead City Police arrested 12 students for a “senior prank” that caused over $6,000 in damages to school property. The vandalism was committed inside school buildings and included graffiti that was graphic and offensive.
On May 5th, Mohave High School’s School Resource Officer received a tip on the recent school vandalism. Through further investigation and interviews, police identified numerous students involved in the criminal damage that occurred in the early morning hours on April 28th.
On Thursday afternoon, Roman Alanis Frias, 18, Pedro Becerra, 18, Nikayla Swenson, 18, Serena Terriquez, 18, Orlando Villegas, 18, Jose Moreno, 18, Michael Ramos, 18, Manuel Gonzalez, 18, Nicko Perez, 18, and three 17-year-old males were arrested for aggravated criminal damage and burglary, both felonies.
“There are serious consequences to these types of actions,” said Colorado River Union High School District Superintendent Riley Frei. “Seniors charged with these crimes can’t participate in graduation this month. Those who may have been awarded college scholarships or other financial aid could have that jeopardized. Students 18 and over, and parents of those under 18, may face some very expensive restitution. We take pride in our facilities as well as our faculty and staff. They were violated, and we appreciate the quick work of the Bullhead City Police Department to help restore that pride.”
The adult students will be booked into the Mohave County Jail in Kingman. The juveniles will be released to their parents.
Police anticipate more arrests. The investigation is ongoing.