State troopers nab storm trooper taggers

Video links a Beaverton and Aloha student to graffiti on OSU campus
by: Submitted photo Oregon State Police Storm trooper graffiti invaded the Oregon State University campus on Wednesday and Thursday. Oregon State Police troopers tracked down to suspects on Thursday.

Two local Oregon State University students are facing criminal mischief charges after going on a tagging spree on campus, spray painting a stencil of a Star Wars' storm trooper in 15 different areas.

Oregon State Police troopers arrested John Zaikoski, 19, from Beaverton and Kamela Hasselman, 18, from Aloha. Both were taken into custody Thursday for second-degree criminal mischief. After booking at the Benton County Jail, they were cited and released to appear in Benton County Circuit Court.

According to Lt. Steve Mitchell, on Wednesday and Thursday, troopers assigned to the University Area Command office investigated several acts of graffiti depicting a storm trooper spray painted on at least 15 locations, including campus-area buildings. An estimated damage cost figure is pending from OSU officials.

Video surveillance, which was not released to the media, helped identify two OSU students as the culprits.