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Suspects arrested in vandalism at Waterbury's Holy Land

Witnesses saw three suspects spray painting graffiti

WATERBURY, Conn. — Waterbury police have arrested two adults and one juvenile in connection with vandalism at Holy Land on December 3. 

Police said they were called to the attraction at 8:20 p.m., last Thursday on a criminal mischief complaint.

Heniel Centeno, 23, of Waterbury was arrested and charged with:

  • Criminal Trespass 3rd
  • Criminal Mischief 1st
  • Conspiracy to Commit/ Criminal Mischief 1st
  • Intimidate Due to Bias 3rd

Centeno was held on a $75,000 bond pending arraignment in court/GA 4.

Yianyilee Mejia, 21, of Waterbury was arrested and charged with:

  • Criminal Trespass 3rd
  • Criminal Mischief 1st
  • Conspiracy to Commit/ Criminal Mischief 1st

Mejia was held on a $50,000 bond pending arraignment in court/GA 4.

The juvenile was arrested and charged with:

  • Criminal Trespass 3rd
  • Criminal Mischief 1st
  • Conspiracy to Commit/ Criminal Mischief 1st

The juvenile was released on a Written Promise to Appear

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Heniel Centeno
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Yianyilee Mejia

The caller reported seeing several young adults spray painting graffiti on some of the property/monuments on ‘Holy Land”. The graffiti consisted of offensive words and symbols according to police. 

Waterbury PD says the image below is of the three suspects leaving a Target after the purchase of spray paint used in this crime.

Credit: Waterbury PD
Holy Land vandalism suspects

The following image captures the three suspects outside the entrance to ‘Holy Land' prior to entering the property.

Credit: Waterbury PD
Holy Land vandalism suspects

Police responded to the property and confirmed that graffiti was spray painted on some of the property and monuments on “Holy Land.”

Holy Land officials said they have been working on cleaning it up for a couple of days. This happened before, they told FOX61.

This remains an open and active investigation. Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to call the detectives at 203-574-6941 or leave information anonymously via Crime Stoppers at (203)755-1234.