Man accused of vandalizing Pasadena police cars upon release from jail for public intoxication

PASADENA — A transient arrested for being drunk in public Tuesday afternoon was re-arrested Tuesday night after he promptly vandalized three police cars upon his release from the city jail, authorities said.
Manuel Julian Venegas, 48, was being held in lieu of $20,000 pending his initial court appearance, according to Pasadena police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
Police first jailed him Tuesday afternoon on suspicion of public intoxication, Pasadena police Lt. Tom Delgado said.
After sobering up, Venegas was released from custody about 10 p.m., Delgado said.
But as he walked away from the police station, he began “beating up” on three police cars parked along Walnut Street, just west of Garfield Avenue, Delgado said.
A witness reported seeing the vandalism, and Venegas was back in custody within minutes of release, the lieutenant said.
The vehicles sustained minor damage, including a broken mirror and bent antennas, which was valued about $1,000. Venegas was booked on suspicion of felony vandalism.

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