[UPDATE] Los Angeles New Year Day’s Hollyweed Sign Culprit Revealed

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LOL LA! Did @billmaher do this? 👌🏻 #epic #hollyweed #regram @highsnobiety

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UPDATE: January 4, 6 p.m.

His IG is jesushands, and the joke was on us.

The man who changed Hollywood to Hollyweed sign actually now takes credit for his prank on his social media account. Zach Fernandez says “”In all its glory” … and tons of people gave him props for the stunt. And it’s more than interesting … he’s acknowledging the back pats by saying mission “completed.”

 

Though cops are on the hunt, he hasn’t been formally charged.

 

Original Post: January 3, 5:15 a.m.

Let’s just say, this wasn’t the first time. In 1976, Hollyweed sign first appeared in Hollywood Hills after Moscone Act was passed which changed the possession of small-scale marijuana from a felony to a misdemeanor.

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The 45-foot-tall white capital letters spelling out Hollywood was changed to Hollyweed when the rest of the world welcomed 2017. LAPD’s security footage revealed the suspect hanging tarps over the landmark’s Os, and altering them to lowercase Es, according to Los Angeles Times. Footage also shows the suspect using the sign’s built-in ladders to scale the Os.

Most people are linking the vandalism to California’s legalization of marijuana on November 9 this year. Even though there are no leads so far, the prankster may face misdemeanor trespassing charges. In the majority of cases, “criminal trespass” in California is a misdemeanor.  This means that a defendant can face up to 6 months in county jail, or a fine of up to 1,000, or both the jail time and the fine.

Doesn’t sound like fun.

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