LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) – The arrest of a vandal tearing up the grass in a Henderson park is just the latest in a string of similar crimes.

FOX5 spoke to Justin Emerson, Henderson Public Information Officer, about the frequency of these types of incidents and what the city is doing to prevent them. He began by estimating the cost of repairing the most recent damage at between $500 and $1,000 if no irrigation systems were affected.

Emerson said that Mission Hills and other city parks suffer similar incidents 4-6 times every year. Sunridge Park, Acacia Park, and others have suffered recent damage, but he said that Mission Hills is the most frequent target for vandals.

A Henderson Police Department arrest report has revealed the motivation behind a suspect’s vandalism of a city park by driving on the grass in his Tesla.

Emerson said that 10 parks, including Mission Hills, have recently been equipped with security cameras that were activated within the last few weeks. He said it is too early to tell how much of a deterrent they have been.

“The cameras and patrols are a great start,” he explained. “Arresting and fining individuals will help get the word out about the seriousness of these crimes. Long-term we are working to add more physical barriers around the park sites to restrict access to turf areas.”

He had no new information about Monday’s incident at Mission Hills. The suspect in that case, Krit Chorazy, has an appearance in Henderson Justice Court scheduled for June 10. He is facing charges including reckless driving, destruction of property and possession of marijuana.


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