STATEMENT: Ryu on Hollywood Sign Vandalism Arrest

Los Angeles Police Department Hollywood Area detectives made arrest for trespass that occurred at the iconic Hollywood sign.

January 9, 2017

Press Contact:
Estevan Montemayor


Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police Department Hollywood Area detectives made arrest for trespass that occurred at the iconic Hollywood sign.

During the early morning hours of January 1, 2017, a trespass occurred in Hollywood at the Hollywood sign. Although the sign was not damaged, several letters were wrapped with tarps, which briefly changed the signs appearance.

On January 9, 2017, Zachary Cole Fernandez, age 30, voluntarily surrendered to Hollywood detectives, with his attorney at his side. Fernandez was arrested and booked for 602 PC/Trespass, a misdemeanor.

After hearing of the incident and subsequent arrest, Councilmember David Ryu stated:

“The Hollywood Sign has seen many alteration attempts over the years for people seeking notoriety or commercial gain. Pranks of this nature deplete the resources of our valuable public safety personnel, in both responding to the prank and in responding to the increased crowds and copycat attempts that these incidents generate.

My office has urged the City Attorney and LAPD to investigate and prosecute this case as well as all attempts to trespass near, alter, or vandalize the Sign.

While the Hollywood Sign is an internationally recognized icon, it is located in a large urban wilderness park next to thousands of residential homes. My office takes the safety of residents and visitors very seriously, and we will continue to coordinate and advocate for traffic control measures and safety efforts throughout the areas next to the Sign.”

Fernandez is eligible and will be released on his own recognizance. He is scheduled to appear in court on February 15, 2017, at the Criminal Courts Building in Downtown Los Angeles, Div. 40.

Anyone with additional information is urged to call Hollywood detectives at (213) 972-2967. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877- LAPD-24- 7 (877-527- 3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800- 222-TIPS (800-222- 8477) or go directly to Tipsters may also visit, and click on “Anonymous Web Tips” under the “Get Involved-Crime Stoppers” menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the “P3 Tips” mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.


Los Angeles City Councilmember David E. Ryu represents the 4th Council District which includes Griffith Park, Sherman Oaks, Toluca Lake, Hollywood, Hollywood Hills, Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Miracle Mile, Hancock Park, Windsor Square, Larchmont and portions of Koreatown and Van Nuys.

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