Student faces trial on vandalism, tampering charges next month

Monica Duester

A CSUN student’s trial is set for July 18 after his lawyer plead not guilty to three counts of unlawful tampering with a fire alarm and one count of vandalism at the San Fernando Courthouse on Wednesday morning.

Jose Alvarez, 24, and political science major, was arrested Feb. 1 after police spotted a person that fit the description given of the suspect who pulled the fire alarm at the University Student Union Gym.

Christina Villalobos, special assistant to the chief of police, said they made the arrest after “a good samaritan came forward and identified who she saw pull the alarm.”

Alvarez confessed to setting off fire alarms at Eucalyptus Hall, Jerome Richfield Hall, Juniper Hall, Sierra Hall and the University Student Union Gym between Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, the official police report shows. He was suspected of vandalizing Jerome Richfield Hall on Jan. 22, the first day of spring classes, the report shows.

Defense attorney Steven R. Mandell will not discuss why his client has decided to plead not guilty after originally confessing to the crime.

The trial will be held at the San Fernando Courthouse on July 18 in room 121.