Alleged window-smashers — a man and his mother — arrested in Nipomo

tstrickland@thetribunenews.comFebruary 28, 2013 

UPDATE 4:05 p.m. Friday: Sheriff’s deputies arrested two people Thursday after receiving reports of a disturbance in Nipomo, including smashed car windows and a man running down Tefft Street yelling, “This is my town.”

An original report indicated that store windows were being broken. Instead, vehicle windows were smashed during an incident that started about 3 p.m. near the Vons parking lot on West Tefft Street.

Daniel Wilson, 29, was later arrested on suspicion of felony vandalism (with property damage exceeding $400) and resisting arrest. His mother, 51-year-old Rebecca Chavez, was arrested on suspicion of being drunk in public and felony vandalism.

The incident started when the man and his mother, who live in a camp nearby, started yelling at each other. The argument turned mildly physical involving some other residents of the camp, and then spilled into the supermarket parking lot, sheriff’s Cmdr. Aaron Nix said.

At some point, Wilson broke a window on someone’s car who was not involved in the dispute. That person drove away and called authorities.

When deputies arrived, Wilson was not present, Nix said. They arrested Chavez, who broke a window in the sheriff’s patrol car on the way to County Jail.

Deputies started looking for Wilson, who was reportedly running east on Tefft Street, screaming, “This is my town.”

He also allegedly pushed one person and punched someone else, Nix said, and broke another car window of a vehicle traveling down Tefft Street.

He was confronted by deputies in the Adobe Plaza shopping center but didn’t comply with their commands, so one of the deputies activated a Taser gun. Wilson was then taken into custody.

Nix said sheriff’s officials plan to file multiple charges of simple battery related to the incidents along Tefft Street.

UPDATE 4:32 p.m.: The man who was reportedly smashing store windows in Nipomo has been apprehended, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Original story: Sheriff's deputies are responding to a report of an unidentified man who is smashing store windows in Nipomo.

The report came in at 3:15 Thursday from the area around Los Berros Road, Sheriff's Office spokesman Tony Cipolla said.

At least one person was reported as being injured and bleeding from the incident, Cipolla added.

No other information was immediately available.

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