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    Azusa man, 81, found dead days after arrest in decade-long slingshot vandalism case
    • May 30, 2024

    An 81-year-ol Azusa man died a day after he was charged with using a slingshot to damage seven neighbors’ windows and a car since 2021.

    Azusa police received a call around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday of a possible dead person at a home in the 500 block of North Soldano Avenue and found Prince Raymond King inside, Sgt. Nick Covarrubias said.

    “We didn’t find any evidence of foul play,” he said.

    Covarrubias didn’t know who owns the home.

    King died of arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease, according to the medical examiner’s office, which ruled the death as natural.

    King had been released on his own recognizance by the court after his Tuesday arraignment at West Covina Superior Court, where he pleaded not guilty to five counts of felony vandalism and two counts of misdemeanor vandalism.

    While police suspected King of vandalizing windows in his neighborhood for about a decade, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office charged him with vandalism on from October 2021 to May 2024.

    The seven victims live on 10th Street, Enid Avenue and West Crescent Drive. King lived on West Crescent Drive near Enid.

    Police deduced where the ball bearings were coming from and arrested King last Thursday, May 23.

    Before serving the search warrant, officers saw King go out of the house and use a slingshot, Cpl. Benjamin Cypher has said. Officers also found a slingshot and 10 to 40 ball bearings at the home.

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    ​ Orange County Register