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Three federally charged in San Antonio missions vandalism investigation

Andres Castaneda, 19, and 20-year-old Gabriella Fritz, and 21-year-old Sydney Elizabeth Faris. (Photos courtesy of the Bexar County Sheriff's Office)

A federal grand jury returned an indictment Wednesday, charging three people who are accused of vandalizing Mission San Jose last month.

According to a news release, 20-year-old Gabriella Petra Fritz, 21-year-old Sydney Elizabeth Faris and 19-year-old Andres Castaneda have been charged with one count of depredation of government property.

The graffiti on Mission San Juan Church was discovered in the early morning hours of June 22. Police released surveillance video of the incident that evening and asked the public to help them identify the suspects. Police said the suspects used spray paint to paint words and symbols on the outside of the church. An arrest warrant affidavit states Castaneda turned himself in that night after the video was broadcast on television and online. Police say while being interviewed by officers, he admitted to being one of the suspects in the video who had done graffiti at Mission San Juan Church. The affidavit states Castaneda also identified Fritz as one of the people who had vandalized the church and said the vehicle in the surveillance video belongs to her.

All three face up to 10 years in federal prison. No court dates have been scheduled at this time.

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