Man arrested for second time in two months for damaging Golden Gate Park trees 

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  • A man was arrested for the second time in two months after being witnessed vandalizing trees in Golden Gate Park.

A man who seems to have a problem with new trees in Golden Gate Park was arrested again on Sunday after vandalizing saplings for the second time in two months, police said Thursday.

Ken Frisch, 65, of San Francisco, was arrested on vandalism charges about 7:30 p.m. at Martin Luther King and Chain of Lakes drives.

A park ranger reportedly caught Frisch in the act after a passer-by told the ranger about the unsanctioned pruning.

On July 11, Frisch also was arrested after witnesses told police they saw him destroying trees in the park. In that incident, besides vandalism-related charges, he was charged with feeding squirrels and a raccoon, police said.

Richmond Police Station officers had been searching for Frisch for some time before his first arrest.

The park has been dealing with tree vandalism over the past year that has cost the Recreaction and Park Department more than $50,000, officials said. In June, a spokeswoman said that more than 200 trees had been damaged since September.

In July, a Recreation and Park spokesman said that Frisch had been harassing park gardeners for some time.

Park officials said they are glad Frisch was arrested but don't believe he is responsible for all the tree damage in the park.

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