Police arrest second suspect in vandalism of San Antonio mission

Andres Castaneda, 19, Gabriella Fritz, 20, charged with graffiti

By Mariah Medina - Digital Journalist

SAN ANTONIO - Police have arrested the second suspect in connection with the vandalism of two San Antonio missions.

Andres Castaneda, 19, gave himself up to police on Saturday and named his alleged accomplice, 20-year-old Gabriella Fritz, according to an arrest affidavit.

A warrant was issued for Fritz's arrest and she was taken into custody Sunday morning, according to online jail records.

Both face a single graffiti charge. The charges are state jail felonies because the pair allegedly vandalized a place of worship / public monument.

At least four instances of graffiti were discovered at Mission San Jose and Mission San Juan early Friday morning with messages including "I don't care, do you?" Arrest documents only mention Mission San Juan.

Some of the graffiti echoed the "I really don't care. Do u?" message printed on the back of first lady Melania Trump's jacket as she boarded a plane to visit migrant children in South Texas on Thursday.

Other messages written on the missions included "F--- ICE," along with indistinguishable characters.

The messages appeared to be in response to the ongoing border crisis, although the affidavit did not state a motive behind the pair's alleged actions.

"As you can see on the right side, that they're trying to make a political statement," Diana Aguirre, a spokeswoman for the Old Spanish Missions, Inc. of San Antonio's Archdiocese said Friday morning. "So it's just upsetting to see they used our missions as a canvas for that."

While three people were seen in the surveillance video police released Friday night, only Castaneda and Fritz are mentioned in arrest documents. Police said they're looking for the third female suspect.

Castaneda turned himself in to police after seeing the video circulated on TV and social media and Fritz was taken into custody a day later.

KSAT's Garrett Brnger asked Castaneda whether he had anything to say to those who run the missions as Castaneda left the Magistrate's Office Saturday afternoon. Castaneda said he was sorry.

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