‘Hollyweed’ Sign Vandal Surrenders to Police
LOS ANGELES – There has been a major “weed” bust in L.A. The man who transformed the famous “Hollywood” sign to “Hollyweed” last week has been arrested.
Zachary Cole Fernandez, 30, was arrested yesterday; just over a week after a prankster used white tarps to make the “Hollywood” sign read “Hollyweed,” the LAPD said in a statement.
Fernandez turned himself in with his attorney and was booked on suspicion of misdemeanor trespassing, police said.
Fernandez is an artist by trade, but some might include “comedian” to his resume. He had previously claimed credit for the stunt in a magazine interview, but police had not confirmed his involvement until now.
Fernandez told Vice magazine he believed someone pulled the same stunt in the 70s, and he sought to “bring positivity into the world” by repeating it.
Fernandez was released on his own recognizance. He has a court date of February 15 according to the police.
The city councilman for the area of the Hollywood sign, David Ryu, said these pranks “deplete the resources of our valuable public safety personnel, in both responding to the prank and in responding to the increased crowds and copycat attempts that these incidents generate.”
He added, “While the Hollywood Sign is an internationally recognized icon, it is located in a large urban wilderness park next to thousands of residential homes.”