Crime

Vandal smashes Fresno police car windows in substation parking lot

A man believed to be highly intoxicated was arrested by Fresno police Wednesday afternoon after he allegedly smashed windows on three police cars parked at the substation at Hughes and Dakota avenues.

The suspect, who was not immediately identified, was caught about a block away from the substation moments after the windows were smashed at 12:18 p.m. He faces charges of felony vandalism, according to Lt. Joe Gomez. A bag of 24-ounce beer cans, some of them still full, were left behind next to the damaged vehicles, and police believe the cans were used to cave in the glass.

Gomez said a community service officer heard crashing noises and saw the man running from the scene. The substation is in a small shopping center on the southwest corner, and a person at the convenience store next to the substation witnessed the incident and identified the suspect. Police were planning to interview the suspect, but it was not certain that they would be able to get a coherent statement due to his level of intoxication, Gomez said.

The lieutenant said that this was the first such incident that he knew of at the substation. Two years ago, Chief Jerry Dyer’s police cruiser was set on fire at police headquarters downtown. A steel fence has since been constructed at the downtown site.

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