Los Angeles police arrest ‘Hollyweed’ prankster who doctored Hollywood sign

Zachary Cole Fernandez, 30, turned himself in after being recorded by security cameras changing the sign on New Years Day

A 30-year-old artist was arrested on Monday in a prank where white tarps were used to make the Hollywood sign to read Hollyweed, according to the Los Angeles police department.

Zachary Cole Fernandez, 30, turned himself in on Monday, just over a week after the prank and was booked on suspicion of misdemeanor trespassing.

The prankster was recorded by security cameras in the area changing the sign early New Years Day.

Fernandez, an artist, had already claimed credit for the stunt in a Vice magazine interview, but police had not previously confirmed his involvement.

Hell be released on his own recognizance and must return to court 15 February. Neither Fernandez nor his attorney could be immediately reached for comment.

The Hollywood sign was erected in 1923 and originally said Hollywoodland, to advertise a new housing development in the hills above Los Angeles.

It has been altered to say Hollyweed before in 1976, after the passage of a state law relaxing rules concerning marijuana.

The same prankster, Danny Finegood, changed it to read Ollywood in 1987, in protest over positive treatment of Col Oliver North, the marine at the center of the Iran-Contra scandal.

He also made the sign read Oil war in 1990, in protest at the first Gulf war. Finegood died in 2007.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jan/09/hollyweed-hollywood-sign-prank-police-arrest