Vandalism suspect Ronnie Ramon Ayan, 30, of King City was captured on video surveillance, images of which helped the community identify him, leading to his arrest. (KCPD Photo)

KING CITY — King City Police have arrested a local man for vandalism after receiving support from the community following the release of photographs of the suspect.

On Sept. 4, between the hours of 7:30 and 10 a.m., officers responded to four separate incidents of felony vandalism in the downtown and southern areas of the city. The investigations revealed the crimes were committed by the same suspect, who was captured on video surveillance cameras.

Images of the suspect were released and widely circulated on social media.

Community members made multiple calls to the police department, which ultimately led to the identification of the suspect, 30-year-old Ronnie Ramon Ayan of King City.

At about 8 p.m. on Sept. 7, officers located Ayan in the 100 block of River Drive.

Ayan was arrested for multiple counts of vandalism in excess of $400, as well as possession of a controlled substance, and booked into the Monterey County Jail.

“The assistance provided by the community is an example of a successful partnership between the community and law enforcement,” police said in a news release.

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Ryan Cronk is the managing editor for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers general news for South Monterey County and the surrounding communities.


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