Arrest made in vandalism at Anclote Cemetery in Holiday

Published Dec. 17, 2014

HOLIDAY — Pasco County sheriff's deputies have arrested a young man on charges of spray-painting 20 tombstones at Anclote Cemetery, scrawling words like "blood" and star symbols in red paint.

Michael Anthony Slagle, 21, of Holiday was arrested at his home late Tuesday night. He is charged with disfiguring a tomb or monument, which the Sheriff's Office says is also a violation of his felony probation in Pinellas County, where he was found guilty of child abuse. He is being held at the Pasco County jail without bail.

Several tombstones had also been knocked over and separated from their bases, according to an arrest report. The Sheriff's Office characterized some of the spray-paint vandalism as "gang symbols." The exact amount of damage was unknown.

A woman reported the damage on Saturday, according to the arrest report.

Deputies began to investigate. Slagle told deputies he had associated with Blood gang members in the past but was not a member, according to the report. Two witnesses, one of whom was with Slagle during the alleged acts of vandalism, identified him as the perpetrator, the report said.