Vandal apprehended after causing $2,000 in damage

Vandal apprehended after causing $2,000 in damage
Windows are repaired and Fiesta Mexicana Restaurant is open after $2,000 in vandalism. Police apprehended the suspect near the scene of the crime. Photo by Promise Yee

OCEANSIDE — A vandalism suspect was apprehended close to the crime scene after he threw his bicycle through a restaurant window causing more than $2,000 in damages.

Suspect Adolfo Evans, 45, was spotted prior to the incident outside the Fiesta Mexicana Restaurant on Mission Avenue at 6:30 a.m. on Sept. 29.

A restaurant employee heard a noise outside and encountered Evans trying to break into a roll-up door that housed utilities for the shopping center.

Evans shouted something about a girlfriend, then followed the employee to the restaurant back door and demanded to be let inside. Evans grabbed hold of the door. The employee was able to pull the door closed and lock it.

That is when Evans threw rocks and his bike through the restaurant window and fled on foot.

Lt. Leonard Cosby said Evans was seen by an officer on Los Arbolitos, and apprehended after a foot chase and brief struggle.

The officer called back up and pursued Evans who refused to surrender. A taser and then hand-to-hand contact was used to apprehend him.

The officer suffered minor injuries. Evans was unharmed. Both were looked at and treated at the scene.

Cosby said the situation could have gotten worse. Evans was headed toward an apartment complex where families were readying for work and school.

Cosby said Evans is known to fight police officers, and has drug and mental health issues. That day syringes were found on his person, and officers observed Evans acting in manner that indicated he was under the influence of drugs.

Evans was taken into custody. He will be charged with felony vandalism and assault with injury on a police officer.

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