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2 men arrested in graffiti vandalism at Maricopa HS

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Two adults have been arrested in connection with vandalism at Maricopa High School on March 5, Maricopa police officials said.

Police have also referred two juveniles to the Pinal County Attorney's office. 

The two adults are identified as Mark Sheeder and Anthony Alfano. They were booked into jail on charges of aggravated criminal damage and burglary. The two juveniles are not currently students at the school. 

On Friday, detectives and officers executed two search warrants on separate residences in the City of Maricopa. Police turned up evidence from the vandalism incident and suspects were detained.

A Maricopa police spokesman said racially-charged graffiti messages were spray-painted on walls and windows, and computers were broken at the school in the community south of the Valley.

The spokesman said the main administration building and the exteriors of the gymnasium and cafeteria were damaged.

Police said there is surveillance video that will be reviewed. They also said there were no signs of forced entry.

Photographs from the scene show racial epithets and references to the Ku Klux Klan and Hitler painted on the side of a building.

"There was graffiti all over the lunch walls, there was graffiti on the old gym, the windows were broken and a bunch of other stuff," Alec Longo, a student at Maricopa, said.

Students were shocked by images too graphic to show on TV when they got to campus.

"I'm guessing it was someone white because all the other stuff there was racial slurs about every other race," student Cole George said.

Police said on Monday there have been no links indicating the crime to be racially motivated.  

The students were pulled from class and brought on to the football field until administrators decided to cancel class altogether Tuesday.

"A message was sent home to all parents and all of us are carrying cell phones, and that is really one of our best (sources) as far as getting the word out to our parents," said Dr. Ember Conley, of Maricopa Unified.

Maricopa police said there has been increased patrols around the school since the incident.

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