Bat-wielding man goes on vehicle vandalism spree in West County

Bat-wielding man goes on vehicle vandalism spree in West County
All photos courtesy of the San Pablo Police Department

A man suspected of vandalizing multiple vehicles with a bat earlier today — including smashing a car window while a passenger was inside in San Pablo, causing minor abrasions to the passenger’s face — was finally arrested on San Pablo Avenue as he was engaging in an argument with a motorcyclist, police said.

San Pablo police dubbed the suspect, who wasn’t immediately identified, as “Bat” man.

San Pablo officers were initially dispatched to the vandalism of the car involving the passenger who suffered minor injuries. The suspect was described as a white male driving a black Acura TL with paper license plates, police said.

Within 10 minutes, officers were dispatched to another vandalism where the victim described the same suspect and vehicle description and stated her car window had been  broken with a bat, police said.

Police further learned that the Richmond Police Department and Contra Costa Sheriff’s Office had received similar calls with the same suspect and vehicle description.

Suspect vehicle

“As the morning went on, West County law enforcement agencies continued to receive calls about the same subject vandalizing people’s vehicles, which included vandalism to a US Postal Service truck,” police said.

Police eventually located the suspect vehicle driving down San Pablo Avenue, when it “appeared that the driver was engaging in an argument with a motorcyclist as he blocked the roadway,” police said. “Officers conducted a high risk traffic stop on the vehicle and the suspect was safely detained.”

Victims were called to the scene and positively identified the suspect, and a baseball bat with chards of glass stuck in it were recovered in a search of his vehicle, police said.

The suspect was transported to jail for multiple vandalism charges from various agencies.