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Over a week after a man changed the iconic Hollywood sign in Los Angeles to say “Hollyweed,” he has turned himself in.

Capt. Cory Palka, of the Los Angeles Police Department, told the Los Angeles Times Zach Fernandez, 30, had been accompanied by an attorney when he turned himself in to police at 12:10 p.m. local time.

He’s been charged with suspicion of trespassing.

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Fernandez told BuzzFeed News he altered the sign to cheer people up.


“It was something to smile and laugh out loud about. Just lift their spirits and let them live, because 2016 was a crazy year, dude,” he said.

Fernandez was not charged with vandalism. Police told the LA Times the sign had not been damaged.

Fernandez covered the sign with black tarps to manipulate what the letters looked like, creating lowercase E’s out of the O’s in the sign.

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