A man who allegedly kicked and bashed windows out of nearly two dozen cars on consecutive nights in the East Village and Bankers Hill areas was behind bars Thursday.
Police arrested Alexander Galarza, 34, Monday, following the second of the two sprees.
About 11:30 p.m. Sunday, shocked bystanders watched as a bearded man used a pipe to smash glass out of 10 vehicles parked on Fifth Avenue and Fir Street.
“He had a piece of metal, slamming it on windows,” a witness told 10News. “I mean, just one after another. … Man, I couldn’t believe it.”
Shortly after 6 p.m. Monday, Galarza allegedly carried out another siege on vehicles, jumping onto a total of 11 parked cars near Petco Park. He used his feet to break out their windows, San Diego police Lt. Dan Smyth said.
Witnesses called the police, and officers arrested the suspect a short time later.
Detectives “conducted a follow-up investigation and determined Galarza was also responsible for the vandalism to cars the day before,” Smyth alleged.
Police disclosed no suspected motive for the violent outbursts. Galarza faces charges of vehicular vandalism.
– City News Service
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