East Jefferson graffiti suspect says he did it for 'a rush,' names accomplice

Two men arrested in East Jefferson High School grafitti incident
Vrindaban Das (Source: JPSO)
Vrindaban Das (Source: JPSO)

METAIRIE, LA (WVUE) - Two 19-year-olds have been arrested in connection with spray-painting graffiti March 8 at East Jefferson High School, with one saying he did it to "get a rush" and for "shock value."

The graffiti said "crazy white boy," "shooting the school up" and "Sandy Hook 2017," a reference to a 2012 mass murder at a Connecticut school.

The suspects, Vrindaban Das, of Metairie, and Luis Rodriguez, of Algiers face charges of terrorizing, simple criminal damage and unauthorized entry. Das has been booked into the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center; an arrest warrant is being prepared for Rodriguez, who is also in custody.

The two were developed as suspects after a former EJ student called 911 with a tip. Deputies learned that Das had been involved in a similar incident at the school in 2015.

Deputies met with Das at his home, where they said he confessed he did it for shock value and consented to a search of his home. They said he also gave up Rodriguez as the second suspect.

Investigators said Rodriguez has one misdemeanor arrest as a juvenile. Das has no criminal history.

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