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Fire and vandalism at another eastside school, 3 suspects arrested

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Posted at 8:55 AM, Jan 25, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-07 16:19:48-05

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — Kellond Elementary was vandalized and closed on Tuesday, Jan. 25.

"Unfortunately, many windows were damaged and some classrooms are in disarray, so we will be taking the day to clean up to ensure we are ready to welcome everyone back to a safe campus tomorrow," said Brenda Meneguin, Kellond Elementary Principal in a message sent to parents.

Officials say there was substantial damage, more than a hundred windows broken, and a fire above the kitchen. The school is located at 6606 E Lehigh Drive.

TPD says there is no connection to the fire and vandalism at the Tucson Country Day School over the weekend which is a charter school about a 10 minute drive away.

An 18-year-old and a 23-year-old are facing charges for reportedly vandalizing an elementary school Monday night.

Police say the suspects broke 60 windows and set a fire inside the school.

Two people have been arrested and are facing charges in Monday night's vandalism at Kellond Elementary.

Joseph Cruz and Jesus Carillo are facing charges of burglary, arson, and felony criminal damage.

On Feb, 7, the third suspect 18-year-old Anthony Cruz connected to the vandalism was arrested, according to TPD. Cruz was charged with Criminal Damage (F4), Aggravated Criminal Damage (F4), Burglary 3rd Degree (F4), Arson of a Structure (F4).

The suspects were booked into Pima County Jail.