Clint Olivier on Tuesday wished good luck to the drug addict who scared Olivier’s family last summer when he tried to kick in the front door of the Fresno council member’s home.
On Tuesday, Judge Wayne Ellison sentenced Gary Edward Lacomb 34, to three years of probation and a year in jail and ordered him to enroll in an inpatient drug treatment program.
Olivier didn’t attend the hearing, but in a telephone interview said: “I hope Mr. Lacomb gets the help he needs and I hope the system works in his case.”
Police said Lacomb was high on drugs when he tried to break into Oliver’s home near Palm and Shields avenue about 1 a.m. Aug. 31.
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While officers were en route, Olivier reported that his wife, Alisha, and 7-month-old son hid in a closet and were terrified of the intruder. Unable to break in, the man threw terracotta potted plants from Olivier’s porch at the councilman’s car.
When officers confronted Lacomb, he was armed with pruning shears and was hiding in bushes yelling for help. Officers convinced him to drop the shears and took him into custody without incident, Sgt. Jaime Rios said.
Lacomb claimed someone was trying to shoot him and people were chasing him with guns, police said.
Lacomb also told police he was under the influence of methamphetamine and K2, a synthetic marijuana known to have psychotic effects like extreme anxiety, paranoia and hallucinations. He was taken to Community Regional Medical Center for a 72-hour psychiatric hold and was later booked into Fresno County Jail.
Court records say Lacomb listed a North Farris Avenue address as his home, which is just a few blocks from the Olivier home.
He was initially charged with felony vandalism and misdemeanor attempted trespassing. In a plea agreement, he pleaded no contest to misdemeanor attempted trespassing and misdemeanor possession of drugs.
Because of time served, Lacomb is scheduled to be released from jail on June 18. Once released, he will have to submit to drug and alcohol testing and enroll in the inpatient drug treatment program, the judge said Tuesday.
Olivier said he hopes Lacomb finishes the drug treatment program and become a productive member of society.
“Everyone should strive to be part of the American dream,” Olivier said. “I hope Mr. Lacomb finds his place in our society so he can take part in that dream.”