San Antonio Missions Vandal Suspects Indicted By Federal Grand Jury


  • L-R Sydney Faris, Andres Castaneda, Gabriella Fritz
A federal grand jury has indicted the three suspects who allegedly vandalized Mission San Jose with politically-motivated messages last month.

On Wednesday, suspects Gabriella Petra Fritz, Sydney Elizabeth Faris and Andres Castaneda were charged with one count of depredation of government property.

The charges come after the June 22 defacement of Missions San Jose and San Juan. Although the vandalism at the two missions are in the same color spray paint and have the same message, the charges are only for Mission San Jose. The damages there exceeded $1,000.
The phrase "I don't care. Do you?" was found at both missions a day after First Lady Melania Trump wore a jacket with the phrase as she boarded a plane to visit an immigration detention center in South Texas. At Mission San Juan, "Fuck ICE" was also graffitied.

If found guilty, Fritz, Faris and Castaneda could face a maximum punishment of 10 years in federal prison.

Stay on top of San Antonio news and views. Sign up for our Weekly Headlines Newsletter.

We’re keeping you informed…
...and it’s what we love to do. From local politics and culture to national news that hits close to home, San Antonio Current has been keeping San Antonio informed for years.

It’s never been more important to support local news sources. A free press means accountability and a well-informed public, and we want to keep our unique and independent reporting available for many, many years to come.

If quality journalism is important to you, please consider a donation to San Antonio Current. Every reader contribution is valuable and so appreciated, and goes directly to support our coverage of critical issues and neighborhood culture. Thank you.