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Police: Napa graffiti incident leads to arrest on weapon, drug allegations

Police: Napa graffiti incident leads to arrest on weapon, drug allegations

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A suspected gang member was arrested Monday afternoon on suspicion of felony weapon and drug offenses, Napa Police reported.

At 4:44 p.m., a caller notified police of people spray-painting graffiti on an electrical box at South Terrace Drive and Kansas Avenue, and another witness reported seeing three people enter a Honda that drove off at high speed, according to Lt. Chase Haag. An officer later saw the vehicle, empty and illegally parked, at the east end of Belvedere Court near Camille Park, Haag said.

A third witness reported seeing a man dressed in black flee the area near the Honda, then move toward a creek holding a handgun, according to Haag. Officers set up a perimeter in the area, and a fourth witness reported a man identified by police as 18-year-old Alric Joseph Miller hiding beside a pool house off Polley Drive, Haag said.

Miller, a Petaluma resident, was arrested by police at gunpoint, and a stolen and loaded .45-caliber handgun was found nearby, according to Haag. A search of the vehicle, which police said was owned and driven by Miller, revealed about 8 grams of suspected cocaine as well as scales and packaging material, according to Haag, who said Miller was in possession of more than $1,000 in cash at the time.

Napa Police identified Miller as a member of the Norteño street gang. Several other Norteños who were on probation were detained in the area where Miller was arrested, but could not be positively identified to the incident, Haag said.

Surveillance video showed Miller driving away from the graffiti-sprayed electrical box, according to Haag.

Miller was booked into the Napa County jail, whose records identified him as Alaric Miller. He faces potential felony charges of possessing a loaded firearm and a controlled substance, misdemeanor vandalism, and enhancements for gang participation.

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Howard Yune covers public safety for the Napa Valley Register. He has been a reporter and photographer for the Register since 2011, and previously wrote for the Marysville Appeal-Democrat, Anaheim Bulletin and Coos Bay (Oregon) World.

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